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The Adoration of the Magi

  • Object:

    Plaster cast

  • Place of origin:

    Lombardy (sculpted)
    Milan (cast)

  • Date:

    ca. 1866 (cast)
    ca. 1490-1499 (sculpted)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster cast

  • Museum number:

    REPRO.1866-46

  • Gallery location:

    Cast Courts, Room 46b, The Weston Cast Court , case WW

This is a plaster cast of one of the marble reliefs Amadeo carved for the Certosa (Charterhouse) in Pavia, in Lombardy. Beneath the scene of the Adoration of the Magi is a Lamentation for the dead Christ with the Virgin, St John the Evangelist, saints and angels. The pilasters are adorned with prophets' heads and decorative foliate reliefs. The plaster cast was made by an Italian firm based in Milan.

Physical description

Plaster cast taken from the original marble altarpiece by Giovanni Antonio Amadeo in the Capitolo dei Padri in the church of the Certosa, Pavia. In the border surrounding the main field are five half-length prophets. In the predella, the Dead Christ is mourned by the Virgin and St John the Evangelist, with six saints and four angels.

Place of Origin

Lombardy (sculpted)
Milan (cast)

Date

ca. 1866 (cast)
ca. 1490-1499 (sculpted)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Plaster cast

Dimensions

Height: 274.5 cm, Width: 221 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Pietro Pierotti, Milan in 1866 for £20

Descriptive line

Plaster cast altarpiece after the original by Giovanni Antonio Amadeo, Lombardy, cast by Pietro Pierotti about 1866

Subjects depicted

Angels; Saints; Prophets; Altarpieces; Figures (representations)

Categories

Ph_survey; Sculpture; Christianity

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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