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The Flagellation: M.1-1965

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Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)


The Flagellation


Sculptor: Algardi, Alessandro




Copper alloy, probably gilt-bronze, with marble and agate base. Christ is shown being flagellated by two men. The three statuettes, the discarded garment and sash, all in gilt-bronze, and the short column of yellow agate, are set on the original base faced in mottled green marble. The base has salients at either end of its long sides, and a concave moulding running round it, against which are attached three gilt-bronze cartouches. A matt-punch and burnisher have been used to differentiate between textures, such as the inside and outside of Christ's abandoned robe, or the bare flesh and the loincloths. The flagellator on the right is missing most of his two scourges.


History note: 'Present made by the King of Saxony [Augustus the Strong, King of Poland] to his Confessor, Monsignor Alessi of Pisa' (according to an old photograph of the group). Probably the example with Galleria Sangiorgi, Rome, 1913 (recorded in Dr Barton's unpublished thesis, no. A.6); with a Florentine dealer; Messrs. P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. Ltd., Bond Street, London, 1965; bought with the University Purchase Fund, 1965.

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Bought with the University Purchase Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 35.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Rome ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1965-01-14) by P. and D. Colnaghi and Co. Ltd


17th Century#
After 1635 CE - Circa 1700 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Figures composed of copper alloy ( probably bronze, gilt) bronze
Post composed of agate
Base composed of marble
Christ Height 21.8 cm
Flagellators Height 24.2 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.1-1965
Primary reference Number: 13973
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_1_1965
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 19 November 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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