'The Presentation of Christ in the Temple'
Valerio Belli (1468-1564)
Museum no. 7371-1861
Belli spent the most important part of his career in Rome, working for two successive popes. This signed plaquette is taken from a rock-crystal plaque that formed part of a casket completed for Clement VII in 1532. It would have come from a plaster or sulphur cast of the original image.