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Plaster cast - Window frame

Window frame

  • Object:

    Plaster cast

  • Place of origin:

    Lombardy (sculpted)
    Milan (cast)

  • Date:

    ca. 1473-80 (sculpted)
    ca. 1867 (cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Amadeo, Giovanni Antonio (sculptor)
    Pierotti, Pietro Signor (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster cast

  • Museum number:

    REPRO.1867-39

  • Gallery location:

    Cast Courts, Room 46b, The Weston Cast Court , case WE, shelf N

This is a plaster cast of one of the marble window frames which Amadeo carved for the Certosa (Charterhouse) in Pavia, in Lombardy. In 1473, the brothers Cristoforo (d. 1482) and Antonio (d. 1495) Mantegazza were contracted to construct the facade of the Certosa. However in 1474 a half share in this facade was allotted to Amadeo, who seems to have assumed direction of the work from that date on. The elaborate decoration includes putti, swags, medallions and foliate reliefs. The plaster cast was made by an Italian firm based in Milan.

Physical description

Plaster cast taken from the marble original by Giovanni Antonio Amadeo and associates from the facade of the church of the Certosa, Pavia.

Place of Origin

Lombardy (sculpted)
Milan (cast)

Date

ca. 1473-80 (sculpted)
ca. 1867 (cast)

Artist/maker

Amadeo, Giovanni Antonio (sculptor)
Pierotti, Pietro Signor (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Plaster cast

Dimensions

Height: 767.5 cm, Width: 47.3 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Pietro Pierotti in 1867 for £160

Historical context note

In 1473, the brothers Cristoforo (d. 1480) and Antonio (d. 1495) Mantegazza contracted to construct the facade of the Certosa of Pavia. However, in 1474, a half share in this facade was allotted to Amadeo, who seems to have assumed direction of the work from this time on.

Descriptive line

Plaster cast window after the original by Giovanni Antonio Amadeo, Lombardy, cast by Pietro Pierotti about 1867

Subjects depicted

Swags; Window frames; Putti

Categories

Ph_survey; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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