AFTER GIAMBOLOGNA (1529-1608)
ITALIAN, FLORENCE, 17TH CENTURY
bronze, on a later velvet-lined ebonised wood cross with a gilt copper plaque, on a wood stand
the gilt copper plaque inscribed: INRI
corpus: 31 by 25cm., 12¼ by 9⅞in.
cross: 61 by 28cm., 24 by 11in.
64cm., 25⅛in. overall
C. Avery and A. Radcliffe (eds.), Giambologna 1529-1608: Sculptor to the Medici, London, 1978, pp. 143-146, nos. 105-111
Overall the condition of the bronze corpus is very good, with some dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. The patina is slightly dry in areas, in particular to the crevices. There is some rubbing to the high points of the bronze. There is an area of small scratches to Christ’s ribs on the proper right side.
The crucifix is slightly warped and there are some losses to the wood, in particular to the edges at the bottom part of the cross and to both terminals of the crossbeam and to the top of the cross. The cloth lining is worn throughout. The copper plaque is warped in areas. The back of the cross appears to have been reinforced at the centre.
The condition of the later wood base is very good, with very minor dirt and wear to the surface.
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