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Triptych, 1 register, 1 arch across (Front (closed))

Triptych, 1 register, 1 arch across (Front (closed))
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Avezzano, Curia Diocesana

Inv. 229817

Ivory;metal (hinges)

Height: 95mm
Width: 95mm (open)
Depth: 20mm (max centre)

Wing left
Standing angel holding a candlestick.
Centre panel Seated Virgin and Child; twisting movement of Christ.
Wing, right
Standing angel holding a candlestick.

Hermanin 1915: 14th century, Italian (Pisa?), following French models.
Avezzano 2008: mid 14th century, Italian, following French models.
Diocese's opinion 2013: Central Italian, 15th-16th century.


Two ring hinges on either side.

Polychromy - Gilding
Extensive traces of gilding and polychromy (mostly modern: absent in Agostiniani reproduction in 1908): gold (hair; along the hems; patterns on the background), black (eyes), green (candles; stem), red and blue (architectural details), blue (lining of the angels' cloaks), red (flowers).

The back of the centre panel is projecting forward so that the cross section of this part is triangular.
Wings: flat and smooth.

The vellum case in which the triptych was carried has survived and has foliated decoration. The triptych can be kept closed with a latch of ivory.

Alba Fucens, church of San Niccolò. Mentioned for the first time in 1639 in Visita pastorale di Mons. Lorenzo Massimi (A.D.M. Fondo, Visite Pastorali B 1/4 c 23, year 1639, 14 July), designated as 'Madonnina d'avolio'). Later mentioned by Pietro Antonio Corsignani who gives a detailed description of the 'sacre reliquie' originally kept in the Church of San Pietro and moved in 1574 to the church of San Niccolò to protect them in a time of invasions; after the 1915 earthquake, it is stressed that the ivory triptych is not part of the objects recovered (see I Danni... 1915, p. 83).

P. A. Corsignani, Reggia Marsicana (Naples, 1738), pt. I, pp. 179-182.
A. Agostinoni, Il Fucino (Bergamo, 1908), p. 123.
F. Hermanin, 'Gli oggetti d'arte nelle regioni colpite dal terremoto', in I Danni all'arte nei paesi battuti dal terremoto del 13 gennaio 1915 (Rome, 1915), p. 11.
Cronaca dei danni all'arte nei paesi battuti dal terremoto del 13 gennaio 1915, in I Danni all'arte nei paesi battuti dal terremoto del 13 gennaio 1915 (Rome, 1915), p. 83.
P. Leone de Castris, 'Napoli "capitale" del gotico europeo: il referto dei documenti e quello delle opere sotto il regno di Carlo I e Carlo II d'Angiò', in Il Gotico europeo in Italia (Naples, 1994), pp. 239-252 (p. 242, n. 28, fig. 13).
Testimonianze preziose: capolavori sacri svelano la loro storia, ed. by F. de Sanctis and A. Saragosa, exhibition catalogue, Avezzano, Cripta della Chiesa Don Orione, 2008, pp. 40-45 (C. Dalia).


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