Lot 110
  • 110

Spanish, 17th century

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  • Corpus Christi
  • ivory, on a modern metal stand
  • Spanish, 17th century

Catalogue Note

This extraordinary Baroque corpus is carved with striking realism, underscored by the wounds in the chest, hands and feet. The nervous treatment of the individual strands of hair and the crown of thorns confirm that the ivory was executed by a highly talented 17th-century ivory carver. Conceptually the crucifix appears to have been carved in the tradition of Gaspar Núñez Delgado (circa 1555 – after 1606). The elongated torso, muscles in the abdomen, oversized head and trailing hair recall numerous of Delgado’s corpora; compare with that published by Estrella (op. cit., no. 19). However, the rippling Baroque perizonium would indicate that the present corpus was carved later into the 17th century. It is reminiscent, for example, of the drapery found on a corpus by the Genoese sculptor Domenico Bissoni (circa 1574-1637) published by Schmidt (op. cit., no. 52).


M. M. Estrella, La escultura barocca de marfil en España. Escuelas Europeas y coloniales, Madrid, 1984, pp. 17-18, no. 19; E. Schmidt and M. Sframeli, Diafane passioni. Avori barocchi dalle corti europee, exh. cat. Pitti Palace, Florence, 2013, pp. 190-191, no. 52