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Statue - The Risen Christ

The Risen Christ

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (probably Italo-Spanish , made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1530-1550 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved and painted limewood

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a painted limewood statue made in about 1530-50. The statue represents The Risen Christ: Christ stands, resting on his left foot, his right leg slightly bent. The unusually short torso and the downward glance of the figure imply that it was intended to be set above the eye-level of the observer; it was probably part of a Resurrection group. Stylistic analogies are hard to find; it may have been produced by a Spanish sculptor working in Italy.

Physical description

Statue of the Risen Christ. Christ stands, resting on his left foot, his right leg slightly bent. He looks downward, raising his right hand in blessing. He is naked but for a gold cloak draped around his body, and the stigmata and wound in his side are evident. The nipples appear to have been carved separately and set into the chest. The figure is fully carved and painted at the back; it is set on a later rectangular base.

Place of Origin

Italy (probably Italo-Spanish , made)


ca. 1530-1550 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Carved and painted limewood


Height: 137.16 cm

Object history note

Bought from Signor C. Ferrario in London in 1872.

Descriptive line

Statue, limewood, the Risen Christ, Italo-Spanish(?), ca. 1530-50

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

List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington, Acquired During the Year 1872, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., p. 41
Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. London, 1932, p. 125
Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: HMSO, 1964, cat. no. 527, fig. 523
Wyatt, Matthew Digby. Art Referee's Report 9875, 8 July, 1872
Trusted, Marjorie. Spanish Sculpture : Catalogue of the Post-Medieval Spanish Sculpture in Wood, Terracotta, Alabaster, Marble, Stone, Lead and Jet in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1996, p. 134, cat. no. 63




Carving; Painting


Sculpture; Christianity; Religion


Sculpture Collection

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