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Bartolomeo Suardi, detto Bramantino - Tapestry Representing December
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Bartolomeo Suardi, detto Bramantino - Tapestry Representing January
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Bartolomeo Suardi, detto Bramantino - Tapestry Representing February
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 Galileo Galilei’s Geometric and military compass
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Jesus Crucified between the two thieves
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Gonzaga platter on stand
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Gio Ponti; Libero Andreotti - Blue Urn
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Otto Imperator
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Reliquary of Saints Cyprian and Justina
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Jug
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Monstrance of Voghera
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Scipione Delfinone; Camillo da Posterla - The Standard of Milan
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Marys at the Sepulchre
Bartolomeo Suardi, detto Bramantino - Tapestry Representing December
Bartolomeo Suardi, detto Bramantino - Tapestry Representing January
Bartolomeo Suardi, detto Bramantino - Tapestry Representing February
 Galileo Galilei’s Geometric and military compass
Jesus Crucified between the two thieves
Gonzaga platter on stand
Gio Ponti; Libero Andreotti - Blue Urn
Otto Imperator
Reliquary of Saints Cyprian and Justina
Jug
Monstrance of Voghera
Scipione Delfinone; Camillo da Posterla - The Standard of Milan
Marys at the Sepulchre

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Description

The small chest is a fine example of the level of skill reached by Lombard goldsmiths in the 11th century. A rectangular box with its gabled lid, has a wooden core and is covered with six partially gilded, embossed and chiselled silver plates. The larger sides are decorated with scenes of the Martyrdom of Saints Cyprian and Justina and a Traditio Legis et Clavium, while on the smaller sides are represented two female figures, one of which/whom is seated on a throne, and the Beheading of St. Cyprian. The lid is adorned with the Lamb of God (representing Christ) between angels and a bishop among Saints. The iconography reveals a careful balance between the celebration of the life and martyrdom of the two saints and that of the role of the Church, recalled in the presentation of the Keys to St. Peter and the Law to St. Paul. It seems likely that the chest was conceived as a reliquary of Saint Justina, the relics of whom were taken from Rome to the Cathedral of Piacenza in 1001. The exceptional quality of the reliquary can be appreciated in the chromatic variations and the skilfully created drapery. The chest belonged to the Luigi Alberico Trivulzio collection and entered the Civic holdings in 1953.

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