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Statuette / relief - An Angel Drawing a Curtain

An Angel Drawing a Curtain

  • Object:

    Statuette / relief

  • Place of origin:

    Siena (province) (carved)

  • Date:

    ca. 1320 (carved)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Camaino, Tino di (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    High Relief carved in marble

  • Museum number:

    7566-1861

  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 10

This marble statuette, Two Angles Drawing Curtains, is made by Tino Di Camaino in ca. 1320.

This is one of two angels in the V&A collection which once formed part of a tomb monument. They would have stood at the sides as though pulling back curtains to reveal the effigy. The sculptor, Tino di Camaino, collaborated with Giovanni Pisano as a young man and then went on to produce important tombs in central Italy and Naples.

Tino di Camaino (ca. 1280 - ca. 1337) was an Italian sculptor, working in Siena, Pisa, Florence and Naples for some of the most powerful Guelph ang Ghibelline patrons of the day. He was also the most important and inventive sculptor of funerary monuments in Tuscany.

Physical description

The Angel is represented with body turned to the left, gazing back over his left shoulder

Place of Origin

Siena (province) (carved)

Date

ca. 1320 (carved)

Artist/maker

Camaino, Tino di (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

High Relief carved in marble

Dimensions

Height: 64 cm, Width: 43 cm, Depth: 12.5 cm, Weight: 36 kg

Object history note

This and a companion figure (7567-1861) originally formed part of a tomb monument similar in type to the slightly earlier tomb of Cardinal de Braye (d. 1282) by Arnolfo di Cambio in S. Domenico, Orvieto. It was once thought that they had been attached to the monument of Antonio d'Orso, Bishop of Florence (d. 1321) in the Florence Cathedral; however, this now seems unlikely and it is probable that they belonged to another, now dismantled tomb of about the same date. The relief is a companion piece for 7567-1861.
Purchased from the Gigli-Campana Collection.

Descriptive line

Statuette, marble, 'An Angel Drawing a Curtain', by Tino di Camaino, Italy, Siena, ca. 1320

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

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1861 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. 35
Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, p. 7
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, pp. 33, 34
Ames-Lewis, Francis. Tuscan Marble Carving 1250-1350. Sculpture and Civic Pride. Ashgate, Aldershot, 1997, p. 56
Baldelli, Francesca. Tino di Camaino (Morbio Inferiore, 2007), cat. no. 19.

Materials

Marble

Techniques

High relief; Carving

Subjects depicted

Angels

Categories

Sculpture; Christianity; Religion; Death

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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