Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Christian Charity

Artist:
After a composition by Bertel Thorvaldsen (Danish, Copenhagen 1770–1844 Copenhagen)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
Danish
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
26 × 19 1/4 in. (66 × 48.9 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Irwin Untermyer Gift and Rogers Fund, 1973
Accession Number:
1973.81
Not on view
This work is a highly finished study for one of four marble reliefs originally conceived in 1807–8 for the baptismal font of the Church at Brahe-Trollenberg, but subsequently rejected by the church. Early accounts state that the marble was executed for the third Marquess of Lansdowne in 1810, and in 1822 in order to raise money for a destitute Norwegian officer. 1973.81 appears to precede a plaster cast original model from 1810.
Timothy Clifford ; [ Heim Gallery , 1973; sold to MMA ]
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