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The Lamentation over the dead Christ

  • Object:

    Plaque

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    early 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze cast in relief

  • Museum number:

    523-1903

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The plaque depicts the three-quarter length figure of Christ resting upon the edge of the tomb and supported by the Virgin and St. John. In the background are Mary Magdalene with arms extended, two of the holy women and Joseph of Arimathaea. This work is possibly influenced in design by the plaquettes of the same subject by Moderno.

Moderno is the pseudonym of a goldsmith and medallist active in North Italy and later in Rome. He signed certain pieces of his work with OPUS MODERNI (opus is the Latin term for 'work' - which then means 'work of the modern'). The modern here is referring to the Ancient World, in contrary to the Naturalism of the Gothic. He was active in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. His earliest works may date around 1485-1490, and his earliest dated work is 1490. There are many different suggestions in literature to whom OPUS MODERNI may refer, and there has never been a clear answer to it.

Physical description

Three-quarter length figure of Christ resting upon the edge of the tomb and supported by the Virgin and St. John; in the background are Mary Magdalene with arms extended, two of the holy women and Joseph of Arimathaea; egg-and-tongue border.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

early 16th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Bronze cast in relief

Dimensions

Length: 5.24 cm, Width: 4.76 cm

Object history note

Bought, £9 3s. 9d.

Descriptive line

Plaque, bronze, The Lamentation over the dead Christ, Italy, beginning of 16th century

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

Inventory of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in the Years 1903 - 1904. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum, During the Year 1903, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition with Appendix and Indices. London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, by Wyman and Sons, Limited, 1907, p. 523
Maclagan, Eric. Catalogue of Italian Plaquettes . London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1924, p. 23

Techniques

Casting; Relief

Subjects depicted

Tomb; Lamentation over dead Christ

Categories

Christianity; Religion; Plaques & Plaquettes; Sculpture; Metalwork; Death

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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