A CARVED BOXWOOD CRUCIFIXION SURROUNDED BY PUTTI CARRYING THE INSTRUMENTS OF THE PASSION
A CARVED BOXWOOD CRUCIFIXION SURROUNDED BY PUTTI CARRYING THE INSTRUMENTS OF THE PASSION

WORKSHOP OF ANDREA BRUSTOLON (1662-1732), LATE 17TH OR EARLY 18TH CENTURY

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A CARVED BOXWOOD CRUCIFIXION SURROUNDED BY PUTTI CARRYING THE INSTRUMENTS OF THE PASSION
WORKSHOP OF ANDREA BRUSTOLON (1662-1732), LATE 17TH OR EARLY 18TH CENTURY
On a later red velvet-covered mount and in a later wood and glass case.
Right arm of Christ lacking; other minor cracks and losses.
13 in. (35 cm.) high
Literature
COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
J. D. Draper, 'Brustoloniana', The Sculpture Journal, I, London, 1997, pp. 16-21

Lot Essay

Andrea Brustolon came from the town of Belluno, north of Venice and worked in the Veneto area for most of his life, in collaboration with his brother and heir Paolo. Although he is perhaps best known for his frames for furniture in the Ca' Rezzonico in Venice, as well as numerous altarpieces around the Veneto, he also specialised in boxwood figural groups with scenes from the Bible (op. cit., p. 16, figs. 1-4). The present carving, with its swirling drapery and dramatic sense of movement, is directly comparable to the small boxwood groups mentioned above. The facial type of the angels, especially of the one on the top right corner, relates closely to the face of Saint Michael in a small relief of The Victory of St. Michael in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, attributed by J.D. Draper (op. cit., p. 20, fig. 9) to Brustolon's studio, and possibly even to the master himself.
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