Master of the reliefs of Castel di Sangro, Stories of Christ

Maestro dei rilievi di Castel di Sangro
Original location
Casa Patini, Castel di Sangro (Aquila)
Maiella stone

Six reliefs depicting scenes from Christ’s life, in stone from the Maiella mountains in the Apennines. They date back to the 1430s and 40s and come from Castel di Sangro; the work is of an anonymous sculptor from the Abruzzo region, conventionally referred to as the “Master of the reliefs of Castel di Sangro”. Donated to the Italian State by a private collector in 1936 and later to our museum, these six reliefs may have been part of the external decoration of the Cathedral at Castel di Sangro, in Abruzzo. Stylistically reminiscent of the work of sculptor and goldsmith Nicola di Guardiagrele, active in Teramo from 1433 to 1448, they mirror the composition of the North Door of Baptistery, completed by Lorenzo Ghiberti in 1424, as well as closely resembling it in style. These similarities, in the Adoration of the Magi, the Flagellation of Christ and the Crucifixion, are a precocious testimony to Ghiberti’s fame beyond Tuscany’s borders. 

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