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Plaquette - Christ in the tomb between the Virgin and St John
  • Christ in the tomb between the Virgin and St John
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Christ in the tomb between the Virgin and St John

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Schwaben (possibly, made)
    Ulm (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1500 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W. L. Hildburgh FSA

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bronze plaquette representing the dead Christ between the Virgin and St John was probably made in South Germany, possibly Schwaben or Ulm, in about 1500. The composition has been associated with a painting ascribed to the school of the painter and sculptor of Hans Mulscher of Ulm (ca. 1400-67). There are several versions of this relief are known to survive and the composition seen in this relief was widely disseminated and was probably used over several decades. If the painting attributed to Multscher is indeed the prototype for these reliefs, it is possible that Multscher or a member of his workshop was involved in the making of the model.

Physical description

Rectangular bronze plaquette depicting the dead Christ between the Virgin & St.John, above are three angels holding a shroud.

Place of Origin

Schwaben (possibly, made)
Ulm (possibly, made)


ca. 1500 (made)



Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

engraved on the rim of the tomb


Height: 10 cm, Width: 7.5 cm, Depth: 0.8 cm

Descriptive line

Plaquette, bronze, depicting the dead Christ between the Virgin & St.John, South Germany, 15th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Jopek, Nobert. German Sculpture 1430-1540: A Catalogue of the Collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: V&A Publications, 2002. cat. no. 31. pp. 79-80.
Wixom, W. D. Renaissance bronzes from Ohio collections. Cleveland, 1975. no. 11.
Pope-Hennessy, J. Renaissance bronzes from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: reliefs, plaquettes, utensils and mortars. London, 1965. no. 334.
Geber, A. Name inscriptions: solution or problem? In: Luchs, A. ed. Italian plaquettes. Washington D. C. , 1989. pp. 247-263.
Weber, I. Deutsche, Niederländische und Französische Renaissanceplaketten. Munich, 1975. p. 49. no. 6.
Cf. Tripps, M. Hans Multscher: seine Ulmer Schaffenszeit. Weissenhorn, 1969. cat. no. 21. pls. 252-3.
Cf. Hnas Multscher: Bildhauer der Spätgotik in Ulm. Ulm, 1997. no. 669/6.
Cf. Molinier, É. Les plaquettes. Paris, 1886. vol. II. no. 722.
Cf. Bange, E. F. ed. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Die Bildwerke des Deutschen Museums. Zweitter Band. Die Bildwerke in Bronze und in Anderen Metallen. Berlin and Leipzig, 1923. no. 1504. p. 70. pl. 2.
Cf. Bode, W. Die Sammlung Oscar Hainauer. Berlin, 1897. no. 183.
Cf. Gerstenberg, K. Hans Multscher. Leipzig: Insel-Verlag, 1928. p. 217.

Production Note

Based on a painting of the School of Hans Multscher dated 1457

Subjects depicted



Christianity; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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