Circle of Adriaen de Vries, A bronze figure of Christ as the Man of Sorrows

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Around 1600
37 cm

Professor Michael Jaffé CBE (1923-1997), Cambridge, United Kingdom;
and thence by family descent;
on loan to the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK (1976 - 2016)

Christ is shown seated in a contemplative position with his head cast downwards. This model is also known in marble, which is attributed to the Circle of Adriaen de Vries (circa 1556-1629). This sculpture is very similar to a statue by Adriaen de Vries, Christ on the cold stone, that is included in the catalogue of the Rijksmuseum by Frits Scholten, Adriaen de Vries- keizerlijk beeldhouwer (1998-1999) and that is in the collection of the monarch of Liechtenstein. 

A classical dimension is added to the sculpture in Liechtenstein’s collection, as is the case with the present one. The body of Christ is modelled after an antique, hellenistic example- a resting figure of Hercules. Depicting Christ in this manner is a reference to the prefiguration of Hercules as Christ, as well as to the heroic suffering of Christ. 


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