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Relief - Blessed Soul
  • Blessed Soul
    Azzolino, Giovanni Bernardino, born 1572 - died 1645
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Blessed Soul

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    Naples (made)

  • Date:

    17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Azzolino, Giovanni Bernardino, born 1572 - died 1645 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Coloured wax on painted glass in deep stained and gilt box frame

  • Museum number:

    A.22-1982

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The wax is one of a set of four which have previously been descibed as "workshop of Giulio Gaetano Zumbo", following John Pope-Hennessy's attribution of other related waxes already in the Collection at the time of their acquisition (A.65 & 66-1938).
Finaldi (see bibliography) ascribes similar, but not identical waxes to both Azzolino and Giulio de Grazia.

Physical description

The bust is of a female "soul". She casts her eyes upwards. Her blond hair is decorated with four white roses. She wears a white gown sprigged with gold flowers. The 'V' shaped neck of the gown has a band decorated with pastes and seed pearls, and there are two further necklaces around her neck similarly decorated.

Place of Origin

Naples (made)

Date

17th century (made)

Artist/maker

Azzolino, Giovanni Bernardino, born 1572 - died 1645 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Coloured wax on painted glass in deep stained and gilt box frame

Marks and inscriptions

'Beati munde corde'

Dimensions

Height: 25.5 cm, Width: 22.1 cm, Depth: 6 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Ferrando, Rome, April 1931 by the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine. Given by the Wellcome Institute in 1982, together with A.19 / 20 / 21-1982.

Descriptive line

Relief, coloured wax, Blessed Soul, by Giovanni Bernardino Azzolino, Italian, 17th century

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

Finaldi, G., "Giulio de Grazia: Medallist to the Spanish Viceroys of Naples", in: The Medal, no. 24, Spring 1994, pp. 3-7
García Cueto, David, 'On the origianl meanings of Gian Lorenzo Bernini's Anima beata and Anima dannata: Nymph and Satyr?', in: <u>Sculpture Journal, Volume 24.1 [2015], pp. 37-53, ill. p. 43

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Roses; Female head

Categories

Sculpture; Religion; Christianity; Waxes

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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