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Plaster cast - The Triumphant Entry of Christ into Jerusalem
  • The Triumphant Entry of Christ into Jerusalem
    Unknown Riolo, Rosario Signor
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The Triumphant Entry of Christ into Jerusalem

  • Object:

    Plaster cast

  • Place of origin:

    Venice (sculpted)
    Palermo (cast)

  • Date:

    ca. 1140-1150 (sculpted)
    1869-1870 (cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown
    Riolo, Rosario Signor (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mosaic

  • Museum number:

    REPRO.2014-1

  • Gallery location:

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

This is a copy of a mosaic depicting The Triumphant Entry of Christ into Jerusalem, by an unidentified Venetian sculptor, 1140-50, from the Capella Palatina in the Royal Palace, Palermo. This scene forms part of the New Testament cycle in the North and South transepts of the Cappella Palatina on the South wall of the south transept. The Capella Palatina was the royal chapel of the Norman kings of Sicily, erected during the reign of Roger II (1105-54) by about 1132-40, with superb mosaic decoration extending into the second half of the 12th century. The mosaics have undergone several campaigns of restoration, and the Entry into Jerusalem was among the scenes to suffer during the 19th century at the hand of Rosario Riolo according to Otto Demus (The Mosaics of Norman Sicily, London, 1949, p. 36). The same Rosario Riolo was also responsible for this copy, executed between 1869-70, which therefore can be considered a faithful replica of the original.

Physical description

Copy of a mosaic depicting copy The Triumphant Entry of Christ into Jerusalem, by an unidentified Venetian sculptor, 1140-50, from the Capella Palatina in the Royal Palace, Palermo

Place of Origin

Venice (sculpted)
Palermo (cast)

Date

ca. 1140-1150 (sculpted)
1869-1870 (cast)

Artist/maker

Unknown
Riolo, Rosario Signor (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Mosaic

Object history note

Commissioned from Rosario Riolo at a cost of £324 1s 1d in 1869.

Historical context note

This scene forms part of the New Testament cycle in the North and South transepts of the Cappella Palatina on the South wall of the south transept. The Capella Palatina was the royal chapel of the Norman kings of Sicily, erected during the reign of Roger II (1105-54) by about 1132-40, with superb mosaic decoration extending into the second half of the 12th century. The mosaics have undergone several campaigns of restoration, and the Entry into Jerusalem was among the scenes to suffer during the 19th century at the hand of Rosario Riolo according to Otto Demus (The Mosaics of Norman Sicily, London, 1949, p. 36). The same Rosario Riolo was also responsible for this copy, executed between 1869-70, which therefore can be considered a faithful replica of the original.

Descriptive line

Copy of a mosaic depicting The Triumphant Entry of Christ into Jerusalem, by an unidentified Venetian sculptor, 1140-50, from the Capella Palatina in the Royal Palace, Palermo, copy executed by Signor Rosario Riolo, Palermo, 1869-70

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

Hittorf, J.J., and L. Zanth, Architecture moderne de la Sicile, ou Recueil des plus beaux monuments religieux, et des édifices publics et particuliers les plus remarquables de la Sicile, Paris, Imprimé chez P. Renouard, 1835, p. 75, n. 3
Buscemi, Niccolò, Notizie della Basilica di San Pietro delta la Cappella Regia, Palermo, [Italy : s.n.], 1840, pl. 12
Appel, J.W., Christian mosaic pictures : a catalogue of reproductions of Christian mosaics exhibited in the South Kensington Museum, London: HMSO, 1877, pp. 16-17

Subjects depicted

Mosaics

Categories

Sculpture; Mosaic

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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