#Kress collection. #Renaissance #15thcentury #plaquette #bronze gilded #Madonna with Child; studied by Pope Hennessy in the collection cat. 1965 (picture from the book of Phaidom Un. Press -copyright-). #Stiacciato restitution in the manner of #Donatello whom this composition, known in several copies in metal as in clay or plaster, was once referred. As the quoted author wrote, is difficult to ascribe to #Donato the composition but the 'stiacciato' (florentine) is undoubtly due to one of his closest collaborators in Padua. The tecnique oft used in narrative scenes consist in a rendering of several different levels of distance projected in a deepth of very few millimeters. The result can be obtained operating a sort of pluri section of the space in depth, practically as it happens with various glasses on which are drawn parts of the composition according to the different distance from the viewer. The more the glasses are the most illusionistic result one obtain. Traducing that in carving or modelling, the skill is to define a large number of 'plains' so that the illusion of 'protruding' in distance is more effective. I have chosen this lovely item since is easy to recognize the surface on which the figure belong and distinguish it from the architecture which is more distant and which depth is clearly defined by the thickness of the wall.