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The Institution of the Rosary

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

c. 1590

Artist:

Style of Jacopo Sansovino
Italian, 1486–1570

About this artwork

This relief panel shows Christ crowning the Virgin as the Queen of Heaven. Both figures are supported by angels; they are flanked by more angels holding rosaries, or strings of beads used to count prayers, in honor of the Virgin and celebrating events in her life. This bronze was probably fashioned by a Venetian artisan conversant with the relief style of Jacopo Sansovino, and thus it appears in a type of frame common for late-16th-century devotional works, complementing the stylized nature of the heavenly scene.

On View

Painting and Sculpture of Europe, Gallery 205

Artist

Jacopo Sansovino

Title

The Institution of the Rosary

Origin

Italy

Date

1585–1595

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

18.1 × 12.7 × 0.9 cm (7 1/8 × 5 × 5/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift from the Edward A. and Inge Maser Collection in honor of Ian Wardropper

Reference Number

2001.325

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