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Christ at the Column, by Guglielmo Della Porta

Image attached to MAR.M.265-1912

An image of Sculpture/Figure. Christ at the Column. Della Porta, Guglielmo, after (Italian architect, sculptor and restorer; born Porlezza between 1500 and 1510; died Rome, 1577). The column, cut in half diagonally, is hollow. It is fluted with a degenerate Corinthian capital with a winged cherub's head centrally placed between the corner volutes. On the abacus is a rosette above the cherub's head. Two-thirds of the way down the column the fluting is replaced by large acanthus leaves springing from the base mouldings and carved in relief. The column stands on a plinth, which is plain. Against this column, his body turned in contraposto, leans the figure of Christ, his manacled wrists held out to the right of his hips. His body, naked except for a loin-cloth, is highly modelled and is slightly doubled up as if to protect itself from the blows. The bearded face is turned down to the left, his hair falling in ringlets on his shoulders. The remains of a halo can be seen on the crown of his head. Silver alloy, parcel-gilt, the figure and column cast separately, c.1600-1700. Rome, Italy. Renaissance.

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Sculpture/Figure. Christ at the Column. Della Porta, Guglielmo, after (Italian architect, sculptor and restorer; born Porlezza between 1500 and 1510; died Rome, 1577). The column, cut in half diagonally, is hollow. It is fluted with a degenerate Corinthian capital with a winged cherub's head centrally placed between the corner volutes. On the abacus is a rosette above the cherub's head. Two-thirds of the way down the column the fluting is replaced by large acanthus leaves springing from the base mouldings and carved in relief. The column stands on a plinth, which is plain. Against this column, his body turned in contraposto, leans the figure of Christ, his manacled wrists held out to the right of his hips. His body, naked except for a loin-cloth, is highly modelled and is slightly doubled up as if to protect itself from the blows. The bearded face is turned down to the left, his hair falling in ringlets on his shoulders. The remains of a halo can be seen on the crown of his head. Silver alloy, parcel-gilt, the figure and column cast separately, c.1600-1700. Rome, Italy. Renaissance.

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  • Accession Number: MAR.M.265-1912
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/22.0
  • Focal length: 100
  • Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
  • Photographer name: Michael Jones
  • Image height: 885 pixels
  • Image width: 430 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 152.92kB
  • Exposure time: 1/100
  • ISO Speed: 100
  • Fnumber: 22/1
  • Captured: 2008:04:16 19:34:07

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17th Century acanthus architecture Bible biblical cherubs Christ Christianity classic orders columns contrapposto Corinthian order Easter figure Fitz_AA flagellation flayed Guglielmo Della Porta Italian Jesus Late Renaissance New Testament parcel-gilt passion Passion of Christ religion religious Renaissance scourged sculpture Silver silverware

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