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Relief - The Rest on the Flight into Egypt

The Rest on the Flight into Egypt

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    Rome (or Bologna, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1640 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Algardi, Alessandro, born 1598 - died 1654 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Relief in bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.69-1952

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bronze relief is made by Alessandro Algardi (1595-1654) in Rome in ca. 1640.
This and the companion relief (A.68-1952) are contemporary replicas of a gilt-bronze relief designed by Algardi to accompany the marble group of 'The Martyrdom of St. Paul' in S. Paolo, Bologna, in 1641. The altar was designed by Borromini on the commission of Cardinal Bernardino Spada.
In technique it is closely reminiscent of 111-1869. The detail of the robes and background is, however, more highly chased.

Algardi was an Italian sculptor, architect and draughtsman. Alongside Bernini he was the most important sculptor in Rome active around the middle of the 17th century. He produced the classizing antithesis to Bernini's High Baroque sculpture. They were seen and experienced at the time as rivals and equals.

Physical description

The Virgin is seated in the centre on a rock or mound, turned to the left towards the Child, who lies sleeping on her cloak. She extends the cloak with her right, and touches the Child's arm with her left. In the left background is an angel holding up a curtain. On the right beneath a tree is St. Joseph kneeling on one knee, with his head supported on his right hand and an open book in his left.

Place of Origin

Rome (or Bologna, made)

Date

ca. 1640 (made)

Artist/maker

Algardi, Alessandro, born 1598 - died 1654 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Relief in bronze

Dimensions

Height: 29.5 cm, Width: 35.7 cm

Object history note

Given by Dr. W. L. Hildburgh, F. S. A., 1952.
The relief seems to depend from a design by Algardi. In technique it is closely reminiscent of 111-1869. The detail of the robes and background is, however, more highly chased. The existence of the relief is not mentioned by Passeri or Bellori, but it is likely to have been produced in the sixteen-forties at about the same date as the Martyrdom of St. Paul (A.68-1952).

Descriptive line

Relief, gilt bronze, The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, by Alessandro Algardi, Italian, ca. 1640

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

Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Volume II: Text. Sixteenth to Twentieth Century. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1964, p. 615. cat.no. 648
Raggio, Olga. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albertt Museum. Art Bulletin. Vol. L, 1968, p. 104
Montagu, Jennifer. Alessandro Algardi. New Haven and London, 1985, cat. R. 37, p. 307-309
Heimbürger Ravalli, M. Alessandro Algardi Scultore, Rome, 1973, p. 180 and fig. 25

Materials

Bronze

Techniques

Relief

Categories

Christianity; Reliefs; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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