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Effigy of Beatrice d'Este

  • Object:

    Plaster cast

  • Place of origin:

    Pavia (original, sculpted)
    Milan (cast)

  • Date:

    1497-1499 (sculpted)
    ca. 1893 (cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Solari, Cristoforo (sculptor)
    Pierotti, Edoardo (cast-maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster Cast

  • Museum number:

    REPRO.1893-488

  • Gallery location:

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

Beatrice d 'Este was the young wife of Ludovico Sforza, known as Il Moro, the Duke of Milan (1451-1508). This effigy formed part of a joint funerary monument to Beatrice and Ludovico, commissioned from Cristoforo Solari after Beatrice's death in January 1497, and completed before Ludovico il Moro fled from Milan in 1499. The original location of the monument was the church of S. Maria delle Grazie in Milan. The effigies were removed to the Certosa in Pavia in 1564. Beatrice's elaborate dress is reminiscent of a description of a dress worn by her in 1493, with alternating bands of velvet and cloth of gold, and lattice work of silver threads.

Physical description

Plaster cast of Beatrice d'Este (b.1475; d.1497) after the marble original in the church of the Certosa, Pavia. Beatrice's elaborate dress is reminiscent of a description of a dress worn by her in 1493, with alternating bands of velvet and cloth of gold, with latticework of silver threads.

Place of Origin

Pavia (original, sculpted)
Milan (cast)

Date

1497-1499 (sculpted)
ca. 1893 (cast)

Artist/maker

Solari, Cristoforo (sculptor)
Pierotti, Edoardo (cast-maker)

Materials and Techniques

Plaster Cast

Dimensions

Length: 214 cm, Width: 79.5 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Edoardo Pierotti in 1893 for £20

Historical context note

Beatrice d 'Este (1475-97) was the wife of Ludovico Sforza, known as Il Moro, the Duke of Milan (1452-1508). This effigy formed part of a joint funerary monument to Beatrice and Ludovico, commissioned from Cristoforo Solari after Beatrice's death in January 1497, and completed before Ludovico il Moro fled from Milan in 1499. The original location of the monument was the church of S. Maria delle Grazie in Milan. The effigies were removed to the Certosa in Pavia in 1564, and set up in their present position in 1891. Beatrice's elaborate dress is reminiscent of a description of a dress worn by her in 1493, with alternating bands of velvet and cloth of gold, with lattice work of silver threads.

Descriptive line

Plaster cast of the effigy of Beatrice d'Este, after the marble original in the church of The Certosa, Pavia, by Cristoforo Solari, 1497-99. Cast by Edoardo Pierotti in Milan, around 1893.

Labels and date

Beatrice d’Este was the young wife of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan. This cast was taken from a monument to herself and her husband, commissioned after her death during childbirth at the age of 21. The elaborate dress might be one she is described to have worn in 1493, with alternating bands of velvet and cloth of gold, and lattice-work of silver threads. [2014]

Materials

Plaster

Techniques

Casting

Subjects depicted

Duchesses; Death; Women; Sepulchral monuments

Categories

Ph_survey; Sculpture; Death; Portraits

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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