Mercury and Psyche
|Date||late 16th century|
12 × 9.5 cm, 0.3 kg
|On view||This artwork is not on display|
The town of Mechelen in Belgium was a major centre of alabaster sculpture from the mid-sixteenth century onwards. The reliefs from Mechelen have a decorative effect, owing to their elaborate frames and the gilding. The rhythm and harmonic unity of the Budapest Entombment composition and the proportions of the figures and their arrangement around a diagonally positioned sarcophagus show how Italian late Renaissance influenced Flemish art.