Adam Lenckhart (German, Würzburg 1610–1661 Vienna)
Austrian, carved in Italy
Overall: 10 7/8 × 5 3/4 in. (27.6 × 14.6 cm)
Bequest of Mary Clark Thompson, 1923
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.
Signature: ADAM.LENCK: BILTHV: INVEN ANNO 1632
Inscription: Inscribed in Latin on back of plaque: Sacrum hoc Anaglyphum Opus / Marchionissæ Mariæ Annæ Triumphæ Anconitanæ, / dùm severiorem Carmelitarum Institutum in Monasterio / Sanctæ Theresiæ 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.
[trans.: 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)