These figures (see also 47.3.2) originally stood at the foot of a Crucifixion, as in the complete ivory ensemble in a nearby case. Despite the Gothicizing face of Saint John, the full classical drapery and the firm sense of the bodies beneath suggest an artist open to Renaissance innovations.
Inscription: Label on base: Rosenfeld no. C9956; illegible purple stamp
Richard von Passavant-Gontard , Frankfurt (by 1929) ; Ernst Rosenfeld , New York (until 1947; Rosenfeld collection sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, January 4, 1947, cat. no. 108; sold to MMA)
Artist: Antico (Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi) (Italian, Mantua ca. 1460–1528 Gazzuolo) Date: probably first quarter 16th centuryMedium: Bronze, with remains of dark brown lacquerAccession: 1982.60.91On view in:Gallery 537