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Plaster cast - The Dead Christ on the tomb with angels

The Dead Christ on the tomb with angels

  • Object:

    Plaster cast

  • Place of origin:

    Padua (original, sculpted)
    Venice (cast)

  • Date:

    1493-1494 (sculpted)
    ca. 1884 (cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (sculptor)
    Tombola Signor (cast-maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster cast, painted plaster.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Place of Origin

Padua (original, sculpted)
Venice (cast)


1493-1494 (sculpted)
ca. 1884 (cast)


Unknown (sculptor)
Tombola Signor (cast-maker)

Materials and Techniques

Plaster cast, painted plaster.


Height: 61.5 cm, Width: 122 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Signor Tombola in 1884 for £1 7s 6d

Historical context note

This relief is almost certainly the tabernacle door for the High Altar which was ordered from Venice in 1493, and for which the last payment is recorded in 1494.

Descriptive line

Plaster cast, painted plaster, after original bronze of the dead Christ on the tomb with angels, from the high altar of the Basilica of St Anthony of Padua, at Padua, by an unknown artist in Padua, 1493-4. Cast by Signor Tombola in Venice, in about 1884.

Labels and date

The image of the dead Christ was a symbol of the Eucharist, or Holy Communion. It often featured on the door of the tabernacle, where the sanctified bread was kept in a church. This is a cast of what was almost certainly the tabernacle door in the basilica in Padua. The emaciated figure of Christ is framed by elegant Renaissance arches. [2014]





Subjects depicted

Reliefs; Angels


Ph_survey; Sculpture; Christianity


Sculpture Collection

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