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Plaquette - A classical subject

A classical subject

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (North, made)

  • Date:

    early 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Antico Pier Jacopo di Antonio Alari-Bonacolsi (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This plaquette depicting a classical subject is made by Antico.
Antico (Pier Jacopo di Antonio Alari-Bonacolsi) (ca. 1460-1528) was an Italian sculptor and goldsmith. He was nick-named Antico, because in his work he related heavily to Antiquity. He re-created small scale statuettes of famous antique examples. He was active at the Gonzaga court at Mantua and made many bronzes for the court, notably for Ludovico, Bishop of Mantua and Isabella d'Este, wife of Francesco II Gonzaga, 4th Marchese of Mantua. He was also a restorer of antique statues and an adviser to art collectors.

Physical description

In the centre a naked man seated on a rock, a bearded man standing behind him and holding his head. To the right a naked girl standing in lamentation. To the left a naked boy; behind him a warrior with drawn sword. An inscription which appears to have been chiselled off the exergue.

Place of Origin

Italy (North, made)


early 16th century (made)


Antico Pier Jacopo di Antonio Alari-Bonacolsi (artist)

Materials and Techniques



Diameter: 3.7 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Plaquette, bronze, a classical subject, possibly by Antico, North Italy, early 16th century

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

'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 73
Maclagan, Eric. Catalogue of Italian Plaquettes . London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1924, p. 48



Subjects depicted

Man; Girl; Boy


Sculpture; Plaques & Plaquettes


Sculpture Collection

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