A contemporary cast, with a lathe-turned rear. Pierced at 12 o’clock
Dealer’s numbers on labels on the reverse: 1432, 99134
Feint writing in ink on the surface of the reverse, which seems to read: 1876 Pillveg Francard E
Other versions in bronze: Santa Barbara, Art Gallery of the University, Morgenroth Collection (dia. 9.9 cm) (1), bearing a border with a wreath pattern; London, Victoria and Albert Museum (dia. 9.9 cm) bearing a border with a wreath pattern (2); Frankfurt, private collection (3).
Other version in silver: Munich, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum (dia. 10.0 cm) bearing a border with a wreath pattern and Dutch control marks on the reverse (4).
Middledorf and Goetz’s statement that the Magdalene is almost identical to that in a high relief of the Lamentation by Antonio Caligari (1698-1777) in San Alessandro, Brescia (5) is incorrect. Her pose and facial type are substantially different and, unlike in the present plaquette, she is kissing Christ’s hand.
Notes: 1. U. Middeldorf & O. Goetz, Medals and Plaquettes from the Sigismund Morgenroth Collection, Chicago, 1944, p. 48, no. 345 and pl. XXIV.
2. Salting Bequest, formerly in the Spitzer Collection (inv. no. A494-1910). We are grateful to Norbert Jopek of the Victoria and Albert Museum, for the data on this cast.
3. I. Weber, Deutsche, Niederländische und Französische Renaissanceplaketten 1500-1650, Munich, 1975, Textband, p. 400.
4. Weber 1975, Textband, p. 400, no. 1002 and Bildband, pl. 288, no. 1002.
5. Middeldorf & Goetz 1944, p. 48. For the relief see Morassi, Antonio (ed.), Catalogo delle Cose d’Arte e di Antichità d’Italia. Brescia, Rome, no date, p. 63.