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Christ at the Column

Artist:
After a model by Alessandro Algardi (Italian, Bologna 1598–1654 Rome)
Date:
mid-17th century
Culture:
Italian, Rome
Medium:
Statuette: silver; column: lapis lazuli; base: black marble, silver
Dimensions:
With base: 8 3/4 × 12 1/2 in. (22.2 × 31.8 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Miniature
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1959
Accession Number:
59.153
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 550
The silver plaque bears the arms of the Colonna family. In her will of 1659, Anna Colonna Barberini bequeathed to her brother, Cardinal Girolamo Colonna, a silver Christ at the Column. It could have been this one, except that the base was said to be ebony, not marble.
Marking: Partially struck on front of loin cloth: crossed keys (Rome mark)
[ Paul Magriel , until 1959; sold to MMA ]
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