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Relief - God the Father between two Angels

God the Father between two Angels

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    last quarter of 15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Terracotta, in low relief

  • Museum number:

    7603-1861

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This lunette, representing God the Father, is made by an unknown artist in Florence in the last quarter of the 15th century.

The relief appears to be a sketch model for a lunette, probably for execution in marble. Its representational character suggests that it was intended to surmount a narrative relief, perhaps for an altarpiece, rather than a tabernacle. Its style reflects the influence of |Antonio Pollajuolo.

Physical description

This lunette shows a half length figure of God the Father in the act of benediction and emerging from the clouds while holding a book in his left. Above the book is a cherub head. A flying angel on either side.

Place of Origin

Florence (made)

Date

last quarter of 15th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Terracotta, in low relief

Dimensions

Height: 35.4 cm including frame, Width: 97.2 cm including frame

Object history note

Bought from the Gigli-Campana Collection, £15 in 1861.

Descriptive line

Lunette relief, terracotta, 'God the Father between two Angels', Florence, 15th century

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

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1861. 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. 22
Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, p. 58
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. 204

Labels and date

The relief appears to be a sketch model for a lunette, probably for execution in marble. Its representational character suggests that it was intended to surmount a narrative relief, perhaps for an altarpiece, rather than a tabernacle. Its style reflects the influence of |Antonio Pollajuolo. [Nov, 1974]

Materials

Terracotta

Techniques

Low relief

Subjects depicted

Clouds; Angel; Cherub; Book

Categories

Christianity; Religion; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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