Auction 3 Antiques and Fine Art: Colonial & Sacred Art
Apr 29, 2021
Carrer d'Aribau, 123, 08036 Barcelona., Spain

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LOT 225:

Attributed to Guglielmo della Porta (Porlezza, c. 1515 – Rome, 1577). Christ.

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Attributed to Guglielmo della Porta (Porlezza, c. 1515 – Rome, 1577). Christ.
Attributed to Guglielmo della Porta (Porlezza, c. 1515 – Rome, 1577) Christ. Silver sculpture. It is a figure of the dead Christ, with his head tilted to his right and his outstretched arms raised slightly upwards at an angle. The body is located frontally and only the right leg presents a twist at the level of the knees that appear together. His hands have the thumb and ring fingers joined in an attitude of blessing. The purity cloth is also collected on the right, after wrapping on that side. The figure is elongated and the anatomical study is carried out in great detail, showing the muscles, ribs and veins. His face is worked with great delicacy, showing defined features, with eyes and mouth closed. He has a mustache and a long beard. The iconography, as well as the proportion of the tall and slender figure of Christ, with the elegant curve of the contraposto, the facial features, the anatomical study and the shape of the perizonium, are characteristic of the work of the sculptor Guglielmo della Porta. Christ measurements: 23 x 19 cm. Mannerist architect and sculptor made an apprenticeship in the workshop of his uncle Giovanni Giacomo Della Porta in Genoa with whom he worked in the Cathedral of Milan. He moves to Rome where he meets Sebastiano del Piombo and Michelangelo working on the realization of the tomb of the pontiff Paul III and restoring the Hercules Farnese. The activity of Guglielmo della Porta as a creator of crucifixes in silver or gilt metal, in different sizes, is documented in Rome, in the spring of 1569, in a letter addressed to his friend, the also sculptor Bartolomeo Ammannati, where he told him that he was working on the creation of some crucifixes of various sizes and materials, all according to the norms of the Council of Trent. With a finger missing.