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Statuette - Christ bearing his cross
  • Christ bearing his cross
    Carnicero, Alexandro, born 1693 - died 1756
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Christ bearing his cross

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Salamanca (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1720-1756 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Carnicero, Alexandro, born 1693 - died 1756 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted and gilt pinewood, with holm oak veneered cross

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Although this figure of Christ might appear to have been intended for Holy Week processions, it is in fact less than life size, which suggests it was probably made to serve as a devotional piece. The composition itself derives from a bronze by the renowned Italian sculptor Alessandro Algardi (1598-1654), who was based in Rome.
Alejandro Carnicero (1693-1756), however, was trained in Salamanca, Spain, and worked both there and in Madrid. He worked in wood and stone and also made engravings of his own sculpture. Between 1726 and 1731 he collaborated with Jose de Larra and others on the choirstalls of Salamanca Cathedral, and he probably completed the choirstalls at Guadalupe between 1742 and 1744.

One bronze version is in the convent of the Descalzas Reales in Madrid, while another is in the Ex-convento de Madres Capuchinas in Toledo. A third bronze was auctioned at Sotheby's, London on 5 December, 2012, lot 84 (formerly auctioned at Sotheby's, London, 13 November, 1975, lot 105, sold to the British Rail Pension Fund, then again at Sotheby's London, 4 July, 1996, lot 43).

Physical description

Statuette of painted and gilt pinewood and holm oak veneered cross depicting Christ Bearing his Cross. Glass eyes and brass and gold thread.

Place of Origin

Salamanca (possibly, made)


ca. 1720-1756 (made)


Carnicero, Alexandro, born 1693 - died 1756 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Painted and gilt pinewood, with holm oak veneered cross


Height: 76.2 cm, Width: 36.8 cm

Object history note

Bought, £31, 11s. 6d.

Descriptive line

Statuette, painted and gilt pinewood, Christ Bearing his Cross, by Alexandro Carnicero, Spain (Salamanca), about 1720 to 1756.

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

Trusted, Marjorie. Spanish Sculpture. London : Victoria and Albert Museum, 1996. 172 p., ill. ISBN 1851771778.
Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1864 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. 70
Baker, M. 'Spain and South Kensington. John harles Robinson and the Collecting of Spanish Sculpture in the 1860s'. In: V&A Album, III, 1984, fig. 6, p. 345
Castro, Juan Nicolau, 'El Exconvento de Madres Capuchinas, Un Museo de Arte Italiano en el Corazón de Toledo' Toletum: Boletín de la Real Academic de Bellas Artes y Cinencias Históricas de Toledo. No.54. 2007. p.51.


Pinewood; Gilt; Oak


Painting; Gilding; Veneering

Subjects depicted

Cross; Tree


Sculpture; Christianity; Religion


Sculpture Collection

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