Detail View: ADJUNCT MODULE D: WORLD ART: Maquette for Tomb of Countess Matilda of Tuscany

Collection: 
ADJUNCT MODULE D: WORLD ART
Preferred Title: 
Maquette for Tomb of Countess Matilda of Tuscany
Alternate Title: 
Contessa Matilda di Toscana
Image View: 
Detail, upper body and head; holding papal tiara and key
Creator: 
Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Italian sculptor, 1598-1680)
Location: 
repository: Casa Buonarroti (Florence, Tuscany, Italy)
Location Note: 
Via Ghibellina 70
GPS: 
+43.769903+11.263758
Date: 
ca. 1633-1637 (creation)
Cultural Context: 
Italian
Style Period: 
Baroque; Seventeenth century
Work Type 1: 
maquette (sculpture)
Work Type 2: 
figurine
Classification: 
Sculpture and Installations
Material: 
gilded bronze
Technique: 
casting (process); gilding (technique)
Measurements: 
39.4 cm (height)
Subjects: 
historical; rulers and leaders; Urban VIII, Pope, 1568-1644; working model; small maquette
Description: 
The Tomb of Countess Matilda of Tuscany is a large sculptural memorial designed by Gianlorenzo Bernini and executed by Bernini and various other sculptors. It was commissioned by Pope Urban VIII in 1633 for placement in St. Peter's, Rome. The final parts were completed in 1644. This is a small maquette (later cast in several copies) for the central figure of Matilda, who holds a papal tiara. Matilda of Tuscany or Matilde di Canossa (1046-1115) was a powerful ruler of most of northern Italy and at her death held the title of Imperial Vicar and Vice-Queen of Italy. She was an ally and defender of the papacy, from Pope Victor II to Urban II. She is one of only six women buried in St. Peter's and was re-interred there in 1645. (Source: Wikipedia; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page)
Collection: 
Archivision Adjunct Module D: World Art
Identifier: 
7A1-BG-CB-CMDT-A05
Rights: 
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