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ID number:  BIRBI-50.4
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  after Targone, Cesare (active c.1573-1585)
Title / Object name:  The Madonna mourning the dead Christ
Object type:  Sculpture
Place made:  Florence
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  Model: about 1582-4; Cast: perhaps Milan
Materials:  Bronze relief
Measurements:  28.3 x 26.1 x1cm
Provenance:  From the collection of E.A.I. Mackay, London; purchased at Sotheby's, 25 June 1950, lot 66, for £24

This cast relief is closely based on an exquisite repoussé (hammered) gold relief signed by the Venetian goldsmith Targone (J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu), his only certain work. Another gold version of about 1585 decorates the base of The Assumption, by Annibale Fontana (1540-1587), in Santa Maria presso San Celso, Milan. In an unusual variant of the standard Pietà composition, the exposed and supine body of Christ is contrasted with the upright figure of Mary, her heavy drapery folds expressive of the weight of her grief.

Notes:  Cast: Italian, perhaps Milan, probably late 16th century.

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