Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

The Resurrection

  • Object:

    Plaquette

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (north, made)

  • Date:

    late 15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    4482-1858

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This plaquette depicting the Resurrection. is made by an unknown artist in North Italy in the late 15th or early 16th century.

It depicts Christ draped in a floating mantle, holding a banner and rising from the sepulchre. To the left is a sleeping soldier and to the right another one looking upwards in astonishment. In the background is a rocky cliff and distant hills.

Plaquettes are small plaques made of bronze, brass, lead or precious metals. They originated in the 1440s with the desire to reproduce coins and hardstone engravings from ancient Greece and Rome. Some were made as collector's pieces, to be viewed and displayed in private, and others for practical purposes. They also inspired designs in other media, from architecture to bookbindings.

Physical description

Plaquette depicts Christ draped in a floating mantle and holding a banner. He is rising from the sepulchre. To the left is a sleeping soldier and to the right another looking upwards in astonishment; behind the sarcophagus the head of a third is visible. In the background is a rocky cliff and distant hills.

Place of Origin

Italy (north, made)

Date

late 15th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Dimensions

Height: 4.55 cm, Width: 4.8 cm

Descriptive line

Plaquette, bronze, made by an unknown artist in North Italy, late 15th or early 16th century

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

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1858. 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. 19
Maclagan, Eric. Catalogue of Italian Plaquettes . London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1924, p. 44

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Sarcophagus; Hills; Sepulchre; Cliff; Mantle; Soldier; Banner

Categories

Plaques & Plaquettes; Christianity; Religion; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.