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Christ and the Samaritan Woman Benedetto da Maiano

Artist

Benedetto da Maiano Maiano 1442 – 1497 Florence

Culture Italian
Date 15th century
Object type sculpture
Medium, technique terracotta
Dimensions

50 × 67 × 17 cm, 29 kg

Inventory number 1191
Collection Sculpture
On view Museum of Fine Arts, Second Floor, European Sculpture 1350-1800, Gallery 1

In Christian iconography, the story of the Samaritan woman had once been a symbol of true faith and later came to represent the forgiveness of sins. The detailed terracotta sculpture in Budapest used to be painted. It was most probably a model of a larger stone or marble statue. The final version of the statue is unknown, though as far as 15th-century Italian sculpture is concerned it is quite rare for both the model and the final piece to have survived.

References

Balogh, Jolán, Katalog der ausländischen Bildwerke des Museums der bildenden Künste in Budapest, IV – XVIII. Jahrhundert: 1. Textband Bd. 1, Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 1975, p. 74., no. 71.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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