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The Descent from the Cross: MAR.C.63-1912

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Current Location: In storage


The Descent from the Cross


Painter: Unknown
Engraver: Raimondi, Marcantonio




Maiolica dish on a low foot, painted in polychrome, with The Descent from the Cross.

Pale yellowish buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse pale beige. Painted in blue, green, turquoise, yellow, orange, brown, and black. Shape 78. Circular with shallow upturned sides, standing on a footring, replacing a higher foot.
The Descent from the Cross. Four men, two on each of two ladders, are lowering Christ from the Cross while the four Marys grieve at its foot. In the background to left there is a castle beside the massive arch of a ruined arcade, and to the right, a column with a broken architrave above it. The edge is yellow. The middle of the back is inscribed in blue, `1542/Qui se dimostra cômo il nasari' (Here is shown how the Nazarene) and there are two yellow bands round the edge.


History note: Possibly Countess Baldovinetti, Florence; sold Paris, Hotel des commissaires priseurs, rue Drouot, 5, M. Ridel, commissaire-priseur, 10-11 April 1854, Catalogue d'une jolie collection de majoliques italiennes . . . . provenant du Palais de Mme la Comtesse` Baldoniretti [sic], de Florence , pp. 8-9, lot 46. C.B. Marlay, London by whom bequeathed.

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 27.8 cm
Height: 4.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Urbino ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy
  • Verona ⪼ The Veneto ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


16th Century, Mid
Production date: AD 1542 : dated


Probably made in Urbino or Verona

The source for the figures was the Descent from the Cross, engraved by Marcantonio Raimondi after Raphael. The background is entirely different and there are minor differences in the position of the ladders and figures.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, turquoise, yellow, orange, brown, and black)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Pale yellowish buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse pale beige. Painted in blue, green, turquoise, yellow, orange, brown, and black.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 1542/Qui se dimostra cômo il nasari
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.C.63-1912
Primary reference Number: 77385
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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