Cercle of Romano Alberti, dit Il Nero da Sansepolcro (San Sepolcro, 1521-1568)
Mixed media : wood core, papier mâché, stucco, polychrome and gilded
Italy, around 1530-1540
This page is one of a number of sculptures that are similarly constructed in stucco and wood using the mixed media technique and today attributed To Romano Alberti and his circle. We can appreciate it by focusing on his tunic and his sandals, recalling the earliest sixteenth century Umbrian sculptors, those from San Sepolcro especially. Romano Alberti, better know as Nero today or as Magione Master in the recent past, was surely the most important of them.
Their inner poplar wood structure was usually human being shaped. Some paper-mâché was attached to the sculpture and suddenly covered with some gypsum. Then, as they got dried, he painted the layers carefully.