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The Crucifixion
Tiepolo, Giovanni Domenico
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Tiepolo, Giovanni Domenico

Venice (Italy), 1727 - Venice (Italy), 1804

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The Crucifixion

1772. Oil on canvas. Room 023

The painting is one of a series of eight scenes from Christ’s Passion painted by Giovanni Domenico (Giandomenico) Tiepolo as part of a commission from the fathers of the convent of San Felipe Neri, Madrid. The artist made all eight works in Venice. They were presented publicly at the Venetian Piazza San Marco on 31 August 1772, a practice that occurred on specific occasions when works were to leave the city. Nothing is known of the conditions stipulated in the contract extended by the secular clergymen of San Felipe Neri in Madrid, if there was a contract at all. Therefore, no documents demonstrating the possible limitations imposed on the works’ format, total numbers of scenes, size and so on have been identified. However, it does seem possible that limitations existed that decisively affected the artist’s work. This can be deduced from the very low viewpoints and the anatomical deformation of certain figures, which Giandomenico may have employed deliberately to correct optical distortions resulting from the painting being hung at a great height.


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Inventory number
Tiepolo, Giovanni Domenico
The Crucifixion
Height: 124 cm.; Width: 144 cm.
Serie de la Pasión de Cristo para San Felipe Neri (Madrid)
Convent of San Felipe Neri, de oratorianos filipenses, antigua Casa Profesa de San Francisco de Borja, de jesuitas, Madrid; Museo de la Trinidad.

Bibliography +

Cruzada Villaamil, Gregorio, Catálogo provisional, historial y razonado del Museo Nacional de Pinturas, Madrid, 1865, pp. 265.

Mariuz, Adriano, Giandomenico Tiepolo, Alfieri, Venecia, 1965, pp. 237.

Salas, Xavier de, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

Knox, George, Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo. Vol. I. Text, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1980, pp. 305.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 683.

Anatra, Bruno, Venezia e la Spagna, Electa, Milan, 1988, pp. 249/ lám.267.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Inventario general de pinturas (II). Museo de la Trinidad, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1991, pp. nº92.

Luna, Juan José, Pintura europea del siglo XVIII: guía, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1997, pp. 145-148.

Giandomenico Tiepolo y sus retratos de fantasía: el artista en la Corte, Banca March, 2014, pp. 55.

Other inventories +

Inv. Museo de la Trinidad, Pintura. Núm. 92.
92. Cristo en el calvario en el acto de ser puesto en la cruz. / Figuras de cuerpo entero y menor del natural. / Autor Tiepolo (sin firmar) / alto 1,24; ancho 1, 44 / / Nº 49 / S.P.

Catálogo Museo de la Trinidad, 1865. Núm. 92.
ESCUELAS ITALIANA. / DOMINGO TIEPOLO. [...] 92. La Crucifixion. / Lienzo.- Al. 1,25.- An. 1,45. - Fig. 1,10. / Tiepolo. / Jesucristo tendido en el suelo al lado de la cruz; cuatro sayones le agarran para clavarle en ella; en el fondo a la derecha se ve otra cruz y a sus piés las Marías y gente del pueblo.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1873-1907. Núm. 2131.
2131.-(92.K.)-La crucifixión.-Represéntase el momento en que los judíos clavan al Redentor en la cruz, contemplándolo el pueblo desde el pié del Calvario.-Compañero de los cinco anteriores. / Véase la nota al núm. 2126. / Alto 1,24; ancho 1,44.-L.

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Inscribed in orange. Front, lower right corner

Inscribed in white. Front, lower left corner

Inscribed in black. Front, lower left corner

Inscribed in black. Front, lower left corner

Location +

Room 023 (On Display)


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Update date: 25-10-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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