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Relief - Christ in the tomb

Christ in the tomb

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    second half 15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Marble in relief

  • Museum number:

    4911-1858

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This Roman panel relief in marble showing the dead Christ tended by angels is made by an unknown artist in the second half of the 15th century in Italy.

The relief, which appears to have formed part of a predella, has affinities with a predella relief ascribed to Michele Marini in the Palazzo della Minerva at Rome.

Physical description

This marble relief shows the dead Christ in three-quarter length in the tomb, supported by two angels who kneel on the further edge and whose wings extend to the sides of the relief. The left hand of Christ rests on the front of the sarcophagus.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

second half 15th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Marble in relief

Dimensions

Height: 19.7 cm, Width: 27.5 cm

Object history note

Bought in London, £ 10

Historical context note

The relief, which appears to have formed part of a predella, has affinities with a predella relief ascribed to Michele Marini in the Palazzo della Minerva at Rome.

Descriptive line

Relief, marble, by an unknown artist, Roman, second half of 15th 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 and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, p. 93
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, p. 286

Production Note

Roman

Materials

Marble

Techniques

Relief

Subjects depicted

Angels; Tomb; Sarcophagus

Categories

Christianity; Religion; Reliefs; Sculpture; Death

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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