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Plaster cast - The Crucifixion
  • The Crucifixion
    di Giovanni, Bertoldo, born 1415 - died 1491
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The Crucifixion

  • Object:

    Plaster cast

  • Place of origin:

    Florence, Italy (sculpted)

  • Date:

    2nd half 15th century (sculpted)
    ca. 1890 (cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

    di Giovanni, Bertoldo, born 1415 - died 1491 (after, sculptor)
    Lelli, Oronzio (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster cast

  • Museum number:

    REPRO.1890-39

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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Bertoldo di Giovanni was a pupil of Donatello, who later ran Lorenzo de' Medici's Academy for sculptors, where he taught the young Michelangelo. The Crucifixion is one of three works by Bertoldo listed in the inventory of Lorenzo de' Medici's possessions of 1492. The piece was and is admired for its mastery of flat relief and the poignant emotive scene.

Physical description

Plaster cast of The Crucifixion with Attendant Saints after the bronze original by Bertoldo di Giovanni in the Museo Nazionale (Bargello), Florence, second half of the 15th century.

Place of Origin

Florence, Italy (sculpted)

Date

2nd half 15th century (sculpted)
ca. 1890 (cast)

Artist/maker

di Giovanni, Bertoldo, born 1415 - died 1491 (after, sculptor)
Lelli, Oronzio (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Plaster cast

Dimensions

Height: 61.5 cm, Width: 61.5 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Oronzio Lelli in 1890 for 16s (20 lire)

Historical context note

Bertoldo di Giovanni was a pupil of Donatello (1386-1466) who towards the end of his life ran Lorenzo de' Medici's academy for sculptors where he taught the young Michelangelo (1475-1564). The Crucifixion comes from the Medici collection and is one of three works by Bertoldo listed in the inventory of Lorenzo de' Medici's possessions taken in 1492, the other two being the bronze Battle Relief, also in the Museo Nazionale, and a Centaur, which is now lost. The entry reads "Una storietta di bronzo di br 1 per ogni verso, entori uno Christo crucifixo in mezzo di dua 1 ladroni con otto fighure a pie....." (A small scene of bronze, measuring 1 braccia on all sides, with a figure of Christ on the cross between two thieves and eight standing figures....).

Descriptive line

Plaster cast of a relief of The Crucifixion with Attendant Saints after the bronze original by Bertoldo Di Giovanni in the Museo Nazionale (Bargello), Florence, second half of the 15th century

Categories

Sculpture

Collection code

SCP

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