Beni Culturali Soprintendenza Speciale per il Patrimonio Storico Artistico ed Etnoantropologico per il Polo Museale della città di Roma

Christ in the House of Simon the Pharisee

Cena in casa del fariseo - Christ in the house of Simon the Pharisee
Object belonging
One's own
Wood sculpture
Museo Nazionale del Palazzo di Venezia
Specific location
PV 05300
Material and technique
Sculpted and carved wood
Northern Italian School
Second half of 16th century
71 x 103 x 5.5 cm.
Giuseppe Frascara (1927)
Image copyright
SSPSAE e per il Polo Museale della città di Roma

Short description

This bass-relief was bequeathed in 1927, as can be read on the brass plaque that hangs on the cornice: IN MEMORY OF OUR SON ANGELO STUDENT IN THE IV YEAR OF THE / R. NAVAL AC., PARENTS COUNT G. FRASCARA SENATOR OF THE KINGDOM / AND THE COUNTESS CLARICE FRASCARA NÉE ORSINI / OFFER THIS WORK TO THE STATE. It depicts the supper at the house of the Pharisee, a subject taken from the gospel of Luke (7, 36-50), usually rendered in paintings, though there are versions in relief (such as that in terracotta installed in the chapel of Simon the Pharisee in the church of S. Vivaldo in Montaione, executed in the second half of the 16th century in the workshop of Giovanni della Robbia). The style indicates it dates from late 16th century Northern Italy. Techincal-scientific analysis carried out in 2009 by the IVALSA-CNR in Florence identified the wood used as walnut (Julgans cfr. regia), though the board on which the relief is attached is made of poplar (Populs sp.).
Grazia Maria Fachechi 



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