'The Presentation of Christ in the Temple', plaquette

'The Presentation of Christ in the Temple', plaquette

'The Presentation of Christ in the Temple'
Plaquette
Valerio Belli (1468-1564)
Italy
After 1532
Bronze
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.