Christ the Redeemer - inv. 432
The blessing Redeemer lost the banner he held in his left hand. He is wearing a long cloth whose edge falls to the ground over the pedestal. On his bare chest we can clearly see the wound on the ribs. This is the biggest bronze sculpture in the Poldi Pezzoli collection, a really magnificent work as for the casting quality and the refined anatomical rendering. It was originally set in the Saviour Chapel of the Venetian Church of Santa Maria della Carità built in 1493-1494 circa. The attribution of this work is still up for debate but stylistic elements such as the draperies and the rendering of the face and hair hint at Lombardo’s workshop, especially at the bronze sculptures by Antonio Lombardo (Venice 1458-1516).