'Christ and the Woman Taken into Adultery', mould

'Christ and the Woman Taken into Adultery', mould

Christ and the Woman Taken into Adultery
Matrix (mould)
Valerio Belli (1468-1564)
Italy (Rome)
About 1500-50
Bronze; incuse matrix
Museum no. M.197-1929

This is a matrix (mould) for a plaquette that formed part of a casket which Belli made for Pope Clement VII in 1532. Most of Belli's plaquettes were based on his hardstone engravings. However, the existence of matrices suggests that he may have made designs specially for reproduction.