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Inscription

upper center in cartello on garland: I[ESUS] H[OMINUM] S[ALVATOR] (Jesus, Savior of mankind)[1]

Inscription Notes

[1] Hans Belting, Giovanni Bellini: Pietà, Frankfurt, 1985: 67; the monogram also abbreviates the Latin phrase In hoc Signes (In this sign), but usually only in association with Christ's Cross.

Marks and Labels

Reverse formerly bore previous inventory numbers 524 in black paint (unidentified collection) and 245 in yellow paint (Ricci 1931); numerals removed during 1982 cleaning; “ghost” imprint of 245 still clearly visible on reverse upper left.

Provenance

Gustave Dreyfus [1837-1914], Paris; his estate; purchased 1930 by (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London and New York); purchased 1945 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; gift 1957 to NGA.

Bibliography
1931
Ricci, Seymour de. The Gustave Dreyfus Collection. Reliefs and Plaquettes. Oxford, 1931. vol.II, 245.
1951
Renaissance Bronzes: Statuettes, Reliefs and Plaquettes, Medals and Coins from the Kress Collection. Introduction by Perry B. Cott. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1951: 145, as Paduan 15th Century.
1965
Pope-Hennessy, John W. Renaissance Bronzes from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: Reliefs, Plaquettes, Statuettes, Utensils and Mortars. London, 1965: no. 181.
1983
Wilson, Carolyn C. Renaissance Small Bronze Sculpture and Associated Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Art. Washington, 1983: 107, no. 15.
1989
Lewis, Douglas. "The Plaquettes of 'Moderno' and His Followers." Studies in the History of Art 22 (1989): 114-116, repro.