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Plaster cast - Annunciation tabernacle
  • Annunciation tabernacle
    Donatello, born 1385 - died 1466
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Annunciation tabernacle

  • Object:

    Plaster cast

  • Place of origin:

    Florence (city) (sculpted)
    Florence (city) (cast)

  • Date:

    2nd quarter 15th century (sculpted)
    ca. 1895 (cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Donatello, born 1385 - died 1466 (sculptor)
    Lelli, Giuseppe (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster cast

  • Museum number:

    REPRO.1895-59

  • Gallery location:

    Cast Courts, Room 46b, The Weston Cast Court , case WW, shelf N

Physical description

Plaster cast of the Annunciation Tabernacle after the original of limestone with residual gilding and polychromy by Donatello against the South Wall, in the sixth bay of the church of S. Croce, Florence. Today, in S. Croce, the tabernacle is crowned by six terracotta putti holding garlands by Donatello. When the cast was acquired in 1895, only four putti were in place. In 1894, two reclining putti were found in storage in S. Croce, and these were not restored to the tabernacle until 1900. Presumably, the final relationship between the six putti had not been sufficiently reconstructed by 1895 for them to be included in the reproduction.

Place of Origin

Florence (city) (sculpted)
Florence (city) (cast)

Date

2nd quarter 15th century (sculpted)
ca. 1895 (cast)

Artist/maker

Donatello, born 1385 - died 1466 (sculptor)
Lelli, Giuseppe (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Plaster cast

Dimensions

Height: 427 cm, Width: 269.5 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Giuseppe Lelli in 1895 in £169 16s 2d.

Historical context note

Removed to its present location in 1566. Sixteenth century sources give the location of this tabernacle as the Cavalcanti chapel in S. Croce, implying that it was commissioned by the Calvalcanti family. However, it is not certain which member of the Calvalcanti family was responsible for this commission, and the location of the Calvalcanti chapel within S. Croce during the 15th century has not yet been fully established. Today, in S. Croce, the tabernacle is crowned by six terracotta putti holding garlands by Donatello. When the cast was acquired in 1895, only four putti were in place. In 1894, two reclining putti were found in storage in S. Croce, and these were not restored to the tabernacle until 1900. Presumably, the final relationship between the six putti had not been sufficiently reconstructed by 1895 for them to be included in the reproduction.

Descriptive line

Plaster cast of the Annunciation tabernacle by Donatello in the Church of S. Croce, Florence, second quarter of the 15th century, cast by Giuseppe Lelli, ca. 1895

Categories

Ph_survey; Sculpture; Architecture; Christianity

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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