Description & Technical information

A contemporary cast, with a lathe-turned rear. Pierced at 12 o’clock

Other versions in bronze:
Santa Barbara, Art Gallery of the University, Morgenroth Collection (dia. 9.9 cm), bearing a border with a wreath pattern; London, Victoria and Albert Museum (dia. 9.9 cm) bearing a border with a wreath pattern. Frankfurt, private collection.

Other version in silver:
Munich, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum (dia. 10.0 cm) bearing a border with a wreath pattern and Dutch control marks on the reverse.

Middledorf and Goetz’s statement that the Magdalene is almost identical to that in a high relief of the Lamentation by Antonio Caligari (1698-1777) in San Alessandro, Brescia is incorrect. Her pose and facial type are substantially different and, unlike in the present plaquette, she is kissing Christ’s hand.

Date:  1630
Period:  1600-1750, 17th century
Origin:  The Netherlands
Medium: Gilt bronze
Signature: Dealer’s numbers on labels on the reverse: 
1432, 99134

Feint writing in ink on the surface of the reverse, which seems to read:
Pillveg Francard 

Dimensions: 9.4 cm (3³/₄ inches)
Literature: Notes:
1. U. Middeldorf & O. Goetz, Medals and Plaquettes from the Sigismund Morgenroth Collection, Chicago, 1944, p. 48, no. 345 and pl. XXIV.

2. Salting Bequest, formerly in the Spitzer Collection (inv. no. A494-1910). We are grateful to Norbert Jopek of the Victoria and Albert Museum, for the data on this cast.

3. I. Weber, Deutsche, Niederländische und Französische Renaissanceplaketten 1500-1650, Munich, 1975, Textband, p. 400.

4. Weber 1975, Textband, p. 400, no. 1002 and Bildband, pl. 288, no. 1002.

5. Middeldorf & Goetz 1944, p. 48. For the relief see Morassi, Antonio (ed.), Catalogo delle Cose d’Arte e di Antichità d’Italia. Brescia, Rome, no date, p. 63.

Categories: Sculpture