Style of Jacopo Sansovino (Jacopo Tatti) Italian

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The composition of this unique cast relies heavily on Michelangelo’s Pietà, whereas the classical face of Mary is clearly influenced by Jacopo Sansovino’s Madonna del Parto (Martelli altar, ca. 1518, Sant’Agostino, Rome).(1) The unknown modeler, then, must have been situated in Rome in the second quarter of the sixteenth century. The empty and coarse background suggests that the plaque was cast from a damaged or unfinished model. The bronze has an unusually high content, about 30 percent, of nickel. The silvering was done in the nineteenth century by electrotype.

Pieta, Style of Jacopo Sansovino (Jacopo Tatti) (Italian, Florence 1486–1570 Venice), Silvered copper alloy.

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