Descent from the Cross

Northern Italian
Medieval
1180–1200


Object Place: Europe, Italy

Dimensions

15.87 x 11.43 cm (6 1/4 x 4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

34.1462

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

Portion of triptych. Deeply cut relief. Saint standing on ladder at base of cross holding body of Christ. At left weeping saint; at right Mary, and saint removing nail from Christ’s foot. Half figure of angel in each upper corner. Several cracks. 3 bored holes across top and bottom bands.

Possibly an authentic Italian copy of a Byzantine example.

Provenance

By 1874 until 1933, Trivulzio collection, Milan [see note 1]. 1934, Arnold Seligmann, Rey and Co., New York [see note 2]; 1934, sold by Arnold Seligmann, Rey and Co. to the the MFA for $6000. (Accession Date: December 6, 1934)

NOTES:
[1] Probably the ivory Descent from the Cross that was lent by the Marchese Trivulzio to the Esposizione Storica d'Arte Industriale in Milano (1874), cat. no. 7. In 1934 it was published by Adolph Goldschmidt and Kurt Weitzmann, Die Byzantinischen Elfenbeinskulpturen des X. bis XIII. Jahrhunderts (Berlin, 1934), vol. 2: p. 78, fig. 220, pl. 70, as being on the art market, having been in the collection of the Prince Trivulzio in Milan until 1933.

[2] The ivory has a French customs stamp on the reverse, indicating that it passed through France, probably the Paris branch of the gallery, Arnold Seligmann et Cie.

Credit Line

Martha Silsbee Fund