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Sculpture of an Enthroned King

Date:
ca. 1230–35
Geography:
Made in Lombardy or Veneto, Italy
Culture:
North Italian
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Overall: 39 1/2 x 23 1/4 x 26 in. (100.3 x 59.1 x 66 cm) weight: 626lb. (284kg)
Classification:
Sculpture-Stone
Credit Line:
Mrs. Stephen V. Harkness Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
22.31.2
  • Description

    Portraying a historical king, such as Solomon, or an allegorical image of the monarch as “the living law” (lex animata), this imposing sculpture must have originated from an important northern Italian civic monument. It is a rare surviving example of the image of a ruler from a civic setting, such as a court of justice or a city gate, and is stylistically related to the work of the influential northern Italian sculptor Benedetto Antelami (act. ca. 1175–1215). It also shows an understanding of French models, especially with respect to the facial features and the thin drapery folds of the mantle.

  • Provenance

    Count Castelbarco, Vaprio d'Adda; Famiglia Massimini, Vaprio d'Adda and Milan (by 1908-1919); Alessandro Contini, Rome (until 1921); Lucien J. Demotte, Paris (sold 1922)

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
    MetPublications
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