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Lamentation Beneath the Cross

Adam Lenckhart (1610–1661)
Austrian, carved in Italy
10-7/8 x 5-3/4 in. (27.6 x 14.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Mary Clark Thompson, 1923
Accession Number:
Not on view
The fine perspectival gradations of relief create a painterly effect of distant background while the foreground is filled with vivid detail-the finely carved crown of thorns, the carefully observed leafy ferns, the bent nails removed from holes clearly indicated on the cross. Lenckhart often employed such detail to great expressive effect; here, the precise carving of the strands of hair curtaining the face of the Magdalen draws our gaze to her grief-stricken form.

Inscription: Sacrum hoc Anaglyphum Opus/ Marchionissae Mariae Annae Triumphae Anconitanae,/dùm severiorem Carmelitarum Institutum in Monasterio/Sanctae Theresiae in Quirinali profiteretur ,/Aloysius Valentius Gonzaga Mantuanu(s) Cam. Apti(u) Cle(ri)ay/dono dedit in gratitudinis tesseram ergà/Marchionem Franciscum Triumphum eius Patrem. Idibus Junijs Anni 1763.
(Latin writing on back of plaque. Translation: To the Marchesa Maria Anna Trionfi on the occasion of her profession of the austere rule of the Carmelites in the Convent of Santa Theresa in Quirinale, Aloysius Valentius Gonzaga of Mantua commendatory has given this sacred carving as a token of his gratitude to the Marchese Francesco Trionfi, her father. June the 13th, 1763.)
Mary Clark Thompson (until 1923; bequeathed to MMA)
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