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Tablet

Tablet

  • Place of origin:

    Tuscany (made)

  • Date:

    1296 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Incised slab in marble

  • Museum number:

    5802-1859

  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 10, case 13

The tablet bears an inscription referring to the foundation in 1296 of an oratory to St Thomas and the Virgin, by Tommaso Andrei, bishop of Pistoia (1285-1303). This was located at his birthplace, Casole d'Elsa, near Siena. Oratories were buildings, separate to churches, that were designated by the church as suitable for prayers and celebrating Mass. This oratory is known to have been no longer in existence by 1833.

Andrei was keen on sponsoring building works, and was also responsible for the construction, in Pistoia, of the church of Sta Maria Maddalena (completed 1290) and for the rebuilding of the church of S. Marco. His monument, by Gano da Siena, is in the Collegiata at Casole d'Elsa.

Physical description

The slab is inscribed, and in the lower corners are two small shields of arms (a cinquefoil between 3 roundels).

Place of Origin

Tuscany (made)

Date

1296 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Incised slab in marble

Marks and inscriptions

VENERabilis PATER DOminus THOMAS DeI
GRAtia PISToriensis EPiscopus FECit FIERI Hoc ORA
TORIUm AD Hon OREm DeI ET GLOriose
VirGinIS MARIE ET BeaTI THOME APostLI
AD MCCLXXXXVI
The Holy Master Thomas, thanks be to God, bishop of Pistoia, had this oratory made, to the honour of God and to the glory of the Virgin and of St Thomas the Apostle, 1296 AD
Inscription; decoration; Latin

Dimensions

Height: 38 cm, Width: 21.6 cm, Depth: 6 cm, Weight: 11 kg

Object history note

The tablet was recorded in 1766 (Pope-Hennessy 1964) as preserved in an oratory dedicated to the Virgin and St Thomas in Casole d'Elsa. The oratory is known to have been no longer in existence by 1833.

Historical context note

The tablet records the foundation in 1296 of an oratory to St Thomas and the Virgin, by Tommaso Andrei, bishop of Pistoia (1285-1303), at his birthplace, Casole d'Elsa, near Siena. He was keen on building works, being also responsible for the construction, in Pistoia, of the church of Sta Maria Maddalena (completed 1290) and for the rebuilding of the church of S. Marco.
His monument, by Gano da Siena, is in the Collegiata at Casole d'Elsa.

Descriptive line

Incised tablet, marble, 1296, Italian

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

J. Pope-Hennessy, Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1964, vol. I, (cat. no. 14, p.14.
Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1859 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. 47
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. 14
Marguerite, Marie-Lys and Dectot, Xavier, ed. by, D'Or et D'Ivoire, Paris, Pise, Florence, Sienne, 1250-1320, Snooeck and Louvre Lens, 2015, exh. cat., p. 184

Materials

Marble

Techniques

Incised

Categories

Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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