An important sapphire intaglio. Italy, Milan, third quarter of the 16th century. Crucifixion. The finely carved, deep blue sapphire shows the crucified Christ, standing at the center of the scene. Christ's head is bent slightly forward and turned to the right.
Affixed to the top of the vertical pole of the cross is a rectangular plate. Flanking the central scene are, on the right, the caped... read more