Giovan Angelo del Maino - inv. 3274

Titolo: 
The Marriage of the Virgin
Numero di Inventario: 
3274
Tipologia: 
wood carvings
Collezione: 

Sculpture

Classe iconografica: 
Religious
Parole chiave soggetto: 
Virgin Mary
Saint Joseph
High priest
Motivo attribuzione: 
bibliography
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Giovan Angelo del Maino (documented 1496-1536)
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Lombardia
Lombardy
Italy
Libri correlati: 
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Periodo: 
1450
1500
1525
Materia e Tecnica: 
painted wood
carved wood
Data di Ingresso: 
1963
Acquisizione: 
Associazione Amici del Museo Poldi Pezzoli
Tipo di acquisizione: 
donation
Tipo di collocazione: 
on display
Collocazione: 
Lombard Rooms

The scene is set inside a temple and is based on the apocryphal Gospels. Joseph, though already elderly, was chosen as Mary’s husband by a divine sign, the miraculous flowering of his staff. The high priest, wearing a tall mitre, joins the bride and groom in marriage. Behind Joseph the young suitors to the hand of Mary are shown despairing at the failure of their staves to flower. The work was part of a wooden altarpiece, perhaps that of the Shrine of the Madonna at Tirano in Valtellina, together with other high reliefs and free-standing sculptures. The work is the masterpiece of Giovan Angelo del Maino, the most refined of the Lombard Renaissance sculptors in wood, probably in this case working in collaboration with his brother Tiburzio. The relief itself is notable not only for the quality of the carving but also for the splendid polychrome and gilded decoration.

AC/DC: 
DC