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Relief - The Annunciation with two Kneeling Girls Receiving Dowries
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The Annunciation with two Kneeling Girls Receiving Dowries

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    Rome (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca 1450-1475 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Marble carved in relief

  • Museum number:

    7565-1861

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The composition is closely related to an altarpiece by Antoniazzo Romano in Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome, showing three girls presented by Cardinal Torrecremata (d. 1468) to the Virgin Annunciate. The altarpiece appears to have been executed between 1495 and 1508 for the Capella del' Annunziata in which the Confraternita dell' Annunziata, founded by Cardinal Torrecremata with the object of supplying dowries to poor girls, had its seat. A number of paintings by Antoniazzo Romano are known to have been based on earlier prototypes. It is possible that this relief was the model for the altarpiece.

Physical description

The Virgin kneels on the right, handing the bags containing dowries to two kneeling girls; to the left the angel, who has first alighted, kneels holding a spray of lilies in his left hand. Below is an almost obliterated inscription.
The relief is broken vertically down the centre and the head of one of the two kneeling girls has been destroyed.

Place of Origin

Rome (probably, made)

Date

ca 1450-1475 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Marble carved in relief

Dimensions

Height: 67.3 cm, Width: 74.9 cm, Weight: 64 kg

Object history note

It is possible that this relief was the model for an altarpiece by Antoniazzo Romano in Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome (ca. 1495-1508).
Purchased from the Gigli-Campana Collection.

Descriptive line

Panel-relief, marble, 'The Annunciation of two Kneeling Girls Receiving Dowries', by an unknown artist, Italy, probably Roman, ca. 1450-1475

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

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1861 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. 28
Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, p. 122
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, pp. 284, 285
Arnoldi, Franceso Negri, 'Scultura Italiana al Victoria and Albert Museum I&II. In: Commentari, anno XXI, June-July 1970. Fascicoli, p. 215

Labels and date

The composition is closely related to an altarpiece by Antoniazzo Romano in Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome, showing three girls presented by Cardinal Torrecremata (d. 1468) to the Virgin Annunciate. The altarpiece appears to have been executed between 1495 and 1508 for the Capella del' Annunziata in which the Confraternita dell' Annunziata, founded by Cardinal Torrecremata with the object of supplying dowries to poor girls, had its seat. A number of paintings by Antoniazzo Romano are known to have been based on earlier prototypes. It is possible that this relief was the model for the altarpiece. []

Materials

Marble

Techniques

Carving; Relief

Subjects depicted

Girls; Money

Categories

Christianity; Religion; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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