The Deposition

The Deposition

Acquired in exchange from the former Königlichen Museen (Gipsformerei, Berlin) in 1899 at a cost of 50 marks

Original:

The Deposition
Follower of Nicola Pisano (about 1220-before 1284)
Late 13th/early 14th century
Marble
Lucca Cathedral, Lucca, Italy, in the lunette of the left portal

In Lucca, the Deposition sits above an architrave depicting the Adoration of the Magi which is closely based on Nicola Pisano's Pisa Pulpit of 1260. Vasari (1550) attributes the Adoration to Nicola himself, and the Deposition which is related in style, has also been given to Nicola. The condition of the lunette has deteriorated considerably since this cast was purchased. Natural erosion was accelerated in the earlier part of this century when the Fire Department of Lucca was detailed to clean the relief. The photograph shows the actual state of the Deposition, with the heads of the Virgin and St John missing.