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Tombstone - Tombstone of Cando di Cando

Tombstone of Cando di Cando

  • Object:

    Tombstone

  • Place of origin:

    Padua (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1447 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Verona marble in very low relief

  • Museum number:

    A.11-1911

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This slab shows the effigy of the deceased, Cando di Cando (d. 1447), dressed as a University teacher, together with inscriptions around the edge in Latin. On the right side, base and left it reads: here lies ... Cando de Cando of Padua, Doctor of Medicine and teacher, who died in the year of our Lord 1447, on Sunday 29 July at 10 o'clock.
The tomb of Cando di Cando is recorded in the church of Santa Giustina at Monselice (near Padua) by 17th century sources, which also give details of the missing parts of the inscription. The slab would originally have been set into the floor of the church and over the centuries became worn by footsteps. Cando spent most of his career in the University of Padua, where he taught medicine and astrology. The tomb slab presumably dates from shortly after Cando's death and may have been carved by Paduan stone-masons rather than in a particular sculptor's workshop.

Physical description

The figure is represented in very low relief, wearing a gown and cap, with the head resting on a pillow. Lightly incised above and beside the effigy is an arch supported by twisted columns. Over the head and round the sides and bottom of the slab are inscriptions.

Place of Origin

Padua (made)

Date

ca. 1447 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Verona marble in very low relief

Marks and inscriptions

'...ARTIBVS EXTREMIVS MEDICINE DOCTOR ET INGENS MAXIMVS ASTORVM CVLTOR. GEOMETRA CORVSCANS CLARVS ET IN NVMERIS SCRVTATOR CABDVS AB ISTO CANDORVM TEGITVR HEV SAXO LVMINE CASSVS'
top

'HIC IACET...MEDICINE DOCTOR DOMIN MAGISTER CANDVS DE CANDO DE PADVA QVI DECESSIT ANNO DOMINI MCCCCXLVII> DIE SABATI XXVIIII IVLII HORA DECIMA DIEI'
right side

'CANDO DE PADVA QVI DECESSIT ANNO'
base

'DOMINI MCCCCXLVII. DIE SABATI XXVIIII IVLII HORA DECIMA DIEI'
left side

Dimensions

Length: 208 cm, Width: 107.3 cm

Object history note

Given by Mr. J H Fitzhenry.
The tomb of Cando di Cando is recorded in the church of Santa Giustina at Monselice (near Padua) by 17th century sources, which also give details of the missing parts of the inscription. The slab would originally have been set into the floor of the church and over the centuries became worn by footsteps.

Descriptive line

Tombstone, Verona marble, of Cando di Cando, Italy (Padua), ca. 1447

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

Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, p. 98
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. 331, 2
Greenhill, F. A. The Incised Slabs of Leicestershire and Ruthland, 1958, p. 220

Materials

Marble

Techniques

Low relief

Subjects depicted

Arch; Effigy; Columns

Categories

Death; Architectural fittings; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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