Benvenuto Cellini presenting to Pope Paul III a chalice of his own manufacture

Benvenuto Cellini presenting to Pope Paul III a chalice of his own manufacture
Benvenuto Cellini presenting to Pope Paul III a chalice of his own manufacture
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Date:
19th century
Location:
Not on display
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Media:
Color Lithograph
Dimensions:
42.5 x 32.4 cm (image)
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Continent:
Europe
Accession Number:
1963.30.13521
Acquisition Date:
1963-04-09
Credit Line:

Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts

Pope Paul III sits on his padded, bed-like chair, studying with his eyeglasses a silver chalice held up by Cellini. The pope wears a white gown with red cape and cap; his left foot rests on a handsome tasseled cushion. Cellini's clothing is of rich fabrics -- gown, shirt and shawl; his sword in its sheath hangs at his waist by a chain. Behind the pope is a twisted column often seen in Renaissance paintings; a reddish curtain billows above and behind the column. Behind Cellini is a smaller bronze column with what appears to be a snake curving up it . In the right foreground is a small lectern with a book (Bible?) on it. (Virginia K. Anderson 02/27/95)

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