Noli Me Tangere (Bernini)

Noli Me Tangere is a large sculptural arrangement that forms part of the Alaleona Chapel in the church of Santi Domenico e Sisto, in Rome.

Noli Me Tangere
Noli Me tangere by Antonio Raggi
ArtistGian Lorenzo Bernini
LocationSanti Domenico e Sisto, Rome
Preceded byBusts of Pope Innocent X
Followed byBust of Francesco I d'Este

The architecutal outline of the chapel was designed by the Italian artist Gianlorenzo Bernini. The sculpture, which shows Jesus responding to Mary Magdalene with the words 'Do not touch me' upon her recognition of him following the Resurrection, was also designed by Bernini and carried out by his pupil Antonio Raggi, probably from 1649 to 1652.[1]

Preparatory Work edit

A wash drawing exists in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence, that shows the overall design, although it appears that Raggi made some changes to the sculptural group.[2]

Patronage edit

The chapel was commissioned by Sister Maria Eleonora Alaleona. It is suspected that it was commissioned as an act of penitence for the behaviour of an unnamed relative of hers in 1636 - a nun who had tried to smuggle a lover into her convent only for the lover to suffocate to death in the chest he was hiding in.[3] The donation made was 3,000 Roman scudi (around US$120,000 in contemporary costs.)[4]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Wittkower, p. 271-2
  2. ^ Wittkower, p. 271
  3. ^ Mormando, p.93
  4. ^ Mormando, p.xvii. This calculation is based on Mormando's assertion that 25,000 scudi is equivalent to 1million US$ in today's money.
  • Baldinucci, Filippo (2006) [1682]. The Life of Bernini. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press. ISBN 9780271730769.
  • Bernini, Domenico (2011) [1713]. The Life of Giano Lorenzo Bernini. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press. ISBN 9780271037486.
  • Mormando, Franco (2011). Bernini: His Life and His Rome. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9780226538525.
  • Wittkower, Rudolf (1997). Gian Lorenzo Bernini: The Sculptor of the Roman Baroque (4th ed.). London: Phaidon Press. ISBN 9780714837154.

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