The Adoration of the Magi

Plaster Cast
ca. 1866 (cast), ca. 1490-1499 (sculpted)
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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Cast Courts, Room 46b, The Weston Cast Court
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Plaster cast
Brief Description
Plaster cast altarpiece after the original by Giovanni Antonio Amadeo, Lombardy, cast by Pietro Pierotti about 1866
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.
Dimensions
  • Height: 274.5cm
  • Width: 221cm
Object history
Purchased from Pietro Pierotti, Milan in 1866 for £20
Subjects depicted
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
REPRO.1866-46

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record createdSeptember 11, 2006
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