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Paschal Candlestick Riccio Carlo Campi (cast maker)

Artist

Riccio Trento, 1470 – Padua, 1532

Carlo Campi (cast maker) Milánó

Date between 1507 and 1515 (original), 1907 (cast)
Object type plaster cast
Medium, technique plaster cast
Dimensions

400 × 111 × 111 cm

Inventory number Rg.149
Collection Sculpture
On view Star Fortress (Komárom), Monumental Plaster Casts, Colleoni Hall

The Paduan sculptor Andrea Briosco, also called Riccio on account of his curly hair, made the enormous paschal candelabrum for the Basilica of Saint Anthony in Padua between 1507 and 1515. The iconography of the bronze candelabrum, which is almost four meters in height, seems to have been devised by the Paduan humanist Giambattista De Leone. On the reliefs and statuettes of the pyramidal candelabrum, motifs from ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt appear alongside Christian scenes. The candelabrum is one of Riccio’s masterpieces; its sphinxes, tritons, satyrs, centaurs, and griffins appear in many later works (even as individual figures), probably to meet the demand from private collectors.
Commissioned by the museum in 1907, cast by Carlo Campi in Milan. It was exhibited in 1908 in the Renaissance Hall.

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