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Pier Francesco Visconti, Court of Saliceto, Adoring the Christ Child

Pier Francesco Visconti, Court of Saliceto, Adoring the Christ Child

shortly after 1484

workshop of Benedetto Briosco

(Italian, c. 1460-aft 1514)

and Tomaso Cazzaniga

(Italian)

Marble with gilding

Overall: 61 x 61 x 13.1 cm (24 x 24 x 5 3/16 in.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1928.863

Description

This relief formed part of a public funerary monument in the church of Santa Maria del Carmine in Milan. The military leader and diplomat humbly kneels in profile before the infant Christ in a naturalistic setting, drawing attention to the Holy Family’s humanity and the deceased man’s reverence.

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