In Massimiliano Soldani Benzi’s "Christ on the Mount of Olives", the unusual iconography is not based on the gospel: Christ, praying throughout the night on the Mount of Olives, faints into the arms of two angels. As in "Peace Embraces Justice" (SK 275), this bronze relief is also dominated by a dynamic diagonal around which the figures are grouped.
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Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi
Christ on the Mount of Olives, c. 1722
Bronze with golden-brown lacquer patina
height 65 cm, width 45 cm
Inv.-No. SK912
Provenance: 1695 Soldani Benzi sends a wax model of the relief to Prince Johann Adam Andreas I von Liechtenstein; bronze cast in 1722 by the artist, acquired by Filippo Martelli in Florence; 1767 shown in the Santissima Annunziata in Florence; until 1813 in the possession of the Martelli family in Florence; 2003 acquired by Prince Hans-Adam II von und zu Liechtenstein
Further works on display
Dancing Faun, 1695/1697
Medici Venus, c. 1699/1702
Bust of Anima Dannata, 1705/1707
Diana and Callisto, c. 1695/1700
The Judgement of Paris, 1695/1700
Bust of Cicero, 1695
Bust of Agrippa, 1695
Bust of Faustina the Elder, 1695
Bust of Vitellius, 1695
Bust of Augustus, 1695
Bust of Faustina the Younger, 1695
Bust of Hadrian, 1695
Bust of Seneca, 1695
Bacchanalia, 1695/1697
Child Bacchante, Clipping Cupid’s Wings, 1695
Time reveals the Truth, 1695/1697
Peace embraces Justice, 1694
The Triumph of Virtue over Vice, c. 1701/1706
Bust of Marcus Aurelius as a Boy, 1707/1712
Bacchus, 1699/1701
Bust of the Anima Beata, 1705/1707
Deposition, 1710/25
Venus plucking the wings of Cupid, c. 1718/1719
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