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Jesus Christ Guglielmo della Porta (circle of) Italian Sculptor (previous attribution)


Guglielmo della Porta (circle of) Porlezza, between 1500 and 1510 – Rome, 1577

Italian Sculptor (previous attribution) late 16th century

Date late 16th century
Object type sculpture
Medium, technique alabaster

56.7 × 12.5 × 17 cm

Inventory number L.4113
Collection Sculpture
On view Museum of Fine Arts, Second Floor, European Sculpture 1350-1800, Gallery 2

This alabaster statuette exhibits a stylistic affinity to the works of Guglielmo della Porta, who was active mainly in Rome. It reflects the traditions of the Renaissance nude that was inspired by the art of classical antiquity. The artist, whose knowledge of sculpture was excellent, rendered Christ’s figure and the cross in forced perspective, thereby enhancing the view from afar. The statuette’s primary visual source is a work by Michelangelo (1475–1564), namely his statue of the Risen Christ (1514–21) in the Roman church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva.
Furthermore, a similar composition can be found in Guglielmo della Porta’s sketchbook, held at the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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