Roman Emperor (Vitelius?)
|Dimensions:||77 × 60 × 15 cm|
The crucified Christ is visible in front of a townscape that forms the background of the relief. Beneath Christ we see, in a symmetrical arrangement, the kneeling donor couple and their two children, who are joined by guardian angels and their patron saints. The Gothic Calvary group and the semi-circular setting that serves as its frame, coupled with the pilaster on the left decorated with classical vine motifs, demonstrate that the sculptor was applying the Italian Renaissance models in a Gothic structure. Michel Colombe was an outstanding figure in French sculpture in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. In his works, the French Gothic tradition is welded to the innovations of Italian Renaissance art. By way of his pupils and followers, he greatly influenced the sculpture of the era. In view of its stylistic features, the relief in Budapest can be placed in this period and school.