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Relief - The Scourging of Christ

The Scourging of Christ

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    Siena (town) (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1460 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vecchietta, Lorenzo (possibly)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze relief

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by George Salting

  • Museum number:

    A.163:1, 2-1910

  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 64a, The Robert H. Smith Gallery, case 3 []

This relief is ascribed to the Sienese painter and sculptor Lorenzo di Pietro, better known as Vecchietta.

The original setting for this relief is not known, but it was perhaps meant for private devotion in the home, or alternatively, perhaps was designed for a predella of an altarpiece. The dramatic poses of the flagellators show the sculptor’s interest in exploring the human figure from different viewpoints.The punched decoration of the inner border is unusual for a bronze, being a feature of gold-ground panel paintings.

The walnut frame, previously thought to be largely original, appears to be a more modern imitation, but created very much in the style of Vecchietta and his contemporaries in Siena.

Physical description

The scene of the Flagellation takes place on a shallow protruding pavement marked with six orthogonals. In the centre Christ is shown bound to the column. In a walnut frame.

Place of Origin

Siena (town) (made)

Date

ca. 1460 (made)

Artist/maker

Vecchietta, Lorenzo (possibly)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze relief

Dimensions

Height: 25.5 cm, Width: 30.2 cm, Depth: 4 cm

Descriptive line

Relief, bronze, The Flagellation, possibly by Lorenzo di Pietro, called Vecchietta (1410-80), Italy (Siena), ca. 1460

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

Pope-Hennessy, John, assisted by Lightbown, Ronald. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1964, Vol. I, pp. 264, 265
no. 52
Italian Renaissance Sculpture in the Time of Donatello, Detroit, Michigan : Founders Society, Detroit Institute of Arts, 1985
Raggio, Olga. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albertt Museum. Art Bulletin. Vol. L, 1968, p. 101
Poeschke, Joachim. Die Skulptur der Renaissance in Italien, Band I. Donatello und seine Zeit, (Munich, 1990), p. 146
'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 16
Pope-Hennessy, John Wyndham and Santangelol Antonio. Italian Bronze Statuettes . London : Arts Council, 1961
Motture, Peta, '"None but the finest things": George Salting as a Collector of Bronzes', Sculpture Journal, vol. V, pp. 42-61, esp. 46-47

Labels and date

the flagellation
About 1460
Possibly by Lorenzo di Pietro, called Vecchietta (1410–80)

The original setting for this relief is not known, but it was perhaps meant for private devotion in the home. The dramatic poses of the fl agellators show the sculptor’s interest in exploring the human figure from different viewpoints. The punched decoration of the inner border is unusual for a bronze, being
a feature of gold-ground panel paintings.

Italy, Siena
Bronze
Salting Bequest
Museum no. A.163-1910 [2009]
THE FLAGELLATION
About 1460
Possibly by Lorenzo di Pietro, called Vecchietta (1410-80)

The original setting for this relief is not known, but it was perhaps meant for private devotion in the home. The dramatic poses of the flagellators shows the sculptor's interest in exploring the human figure from different viewpoints. The punched decoration of the inner border is unusual for a bronze, being a feature of gold ground paintings.

Italy, Siena

Bronze

Museum no. A.163-1910
Salting Bequest [2008]

Materials

Bronze

Techniques

Relief

Categories

Sculpture; Christianity; Religion; Reliefs

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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