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Corbel

  • Place of origin:

    Champagne-Ardenne (southern, carved)

  • Date:

    ca. 1500-1520 (carved)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved micritic limestone with traces of paint

  • Credit Line:

    Given by J. H. Fitzhenry

  • Museum number:

    904-1901

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Two flying angels, one bearing the cross, the other the column of the flagellation, hold a shield at the centre of the console on which are carved the scourge and flail with which Christ was beaten before his crucifixion. The console originally supported a seated figure of Christ crowned with thorns (now lost), of a type known in France as the Christ de Pitié. Such sculptures were particularly appropriately placed in hospitals and poorhouses, where those who passed by could offer prayers to Christ and place their own suffering in the context of one who had endured pain on their behalf.

Physical description

Corbel or console of micritic limestone with traces of paint, of angels holding the instruments of the passion. Two flying angels, one bearing the cross, the other the column of the flagellation, hold a shield at the centre of the console on which are carved the scourge and flail with which Christ was beaten before his crucifixion. The console originally supported a seated figure of Christ (now lost), of a type known in France as the Christ de Pitié. Such figures were particularly appropriately placed in hospitals and poorhouses, where those who passed by could offer prayers to Christ and place their own suffering in the context of one who had endured pain on their behalf.

Place of Origin

Champagne-Ardenne (southern, carved)

Date

ca. 1500-1520 (carved)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carved micritic limestone with traces of paint

Dimensions

Height: 12 in abacus, Width: 16.75 in, Depth: 12.25 in

Descriptive line

Console with angels holding the instruments of the Passion, micritic limestone, France (southern Champagne), about 1500-20

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

List of Works of Art acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum during the Year 1901 arranged according to the Dates of Acquisition. London: Her Majesty's Stationary Office. Wyman and Sons. 1904. pp.153
Williamson, Paul. 'Loose Ends and a Discovery: Cataloguing French Late Medieval Sculpture' The Sculpture Journal. III. 1999. pp.3-5. figs, 3,4, and 5.

Labels and date

Console with Angels Holding the Instruments of the Passion
Micritic limestone with traces of paint
French (southern Chapagne); about 1500-20
Given by Mr J.H. Fitzhenry
904-1901
Corbel or console of micritic limestone with traces of paint, of angels holding the instruments of the passion. Two flying angels, one bearing the cross, the other the column of the flagellation, hold a shield at the centre of the console on which are carved the scourge and flail with which Christ was beaten before his crucifixion. The console originally supported a seated figure of Christ (now lost), of a type known in France as the Christ de Pitié. Such figures were particularly appropriately placed in hospitals and poorhouses, where those who passed by could offer prayers to Christ and place their own suffering in the context of one who had endured pain on their behalf. [07/2000]

Subjects depicted

Angels; Instruments of the Passion; Columns; Crosses; Flails; Shields; Scourges

Categories

Sculpture; Religion; Christianity

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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