Five designs for a cross, Andrea Mantegna   ?, Andrea Mantegna  circle
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Five designs for a cross
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Andrea Mantegna ?
orAndrea Mantegna circle

Five designs for a cross, ca. 1470 – 1490

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Exhibiting quite some detail, these pen and ink drawings from the circle of Andrea Mantegna are thought to have been executed in the 1480s. Since they were later cut out, their original context is no longer known and we can only speculate as to their intended function. They may have served as studies for three-dimensional works of goldsmithery. In fifteenth-century Italy, small processional crosses with relief figures on either end were quite widespread. It is also conceivable that the drawings were used as models for enamelwork (niello) or for printed graphic reproductions.

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Five designs for a cross
Draughtsman
Part
The Pelican in her Piety
The Virgin mourning
The Pietà
St. John the Evangelist
The Virgin mourning
Period Produced
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Work Catalogues
  • Lightbown 1986.483.184

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Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
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© Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Foto: U. Edelmann

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02.07.2020