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Relief - Lamentation over the dead Christ

Lamentation over the dead Christ

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    Ferrara (made)

  • Date:

    3rd quarter 15th century (cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze in low relief with traces of gilding

  • Museum number:

    5469-1859

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This panel relief, representing the Lamentation over the Dead Christ, was formerly ascribed to the Paduan Giovanni Minelli (b. ca. 1460; d. after 1527), but is now thought to have been made at Ferrara.

The relief formed the door of a tabernacle. The style and figure types relate closely to works produced at Ferrara in the circle of Niccolo Baroncelli (d. 1453).

Physical description

In the centre is the seated Virgin, wearing a short veil and mantle, gazing downwards to her right at the body of the dead Christ, which is supported on her knees. Her right hand supports the right shoulder of Christ, and her left rests on his waist.

Place of Origin

Ferrara (made)

Date

3rd quarter 15th century (cast)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Bronze in low relief with traces of gilding

Dimensions

Height: 55.9 cm, Width: 48.7 cm, Weight: 32 kg Approximately, Depth: 23 mm Depth of bottom edge, Depth: 85 mm Overall depth (back of relief to Christ’s kneecap)

Object history note

The relief formed the door of a tabernacle. The style and figure types relate closely to works produced at Ferrara in the circle of Niccolo Baroncelli (d. 1453).
Aquired in London.

Descriptive line

Relief depicting Lamentation over the Dead Christ, Italy (Ferrara), third quarter of the fifteenth century.

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

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1859. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 39
Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, p. 99
Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Volume I: Text. Eighth to Fifteenth Century. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1964, p. 313
Raggio, Olga. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Art Bulletin. Vol. L, 1968, p. 101
Sgarbi, Vittorio. Domenico di Paris e la scultura a Ferrara nel Quattrocento, 2006, pp. 82-83.
p. 288, cat. 84
Büttner, Andreas (ed) Wettstreit der Künste: Malerei und Skulptur von Dürer bis Daumier, Wolfratshausen : Edition Minerva, 2002
Mazzotta, Antonio and Salsi, Claudio (eds). Vesperbild: alle origini delle Pietà di Michelangelo. Exhibition Catalogue, Milan, Castello Sforzesco (Milan: Officina Libraria, 2018), pp. 84-85, p. 132 (cat. 15)

Materials

Bronze

Techniques

Relief; Gilding

Subjects depicted

Angels

Categories

Sculpture; Christianity; Religion

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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