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The Descent from the Cross
Tiepolo, Giovanni Domenico
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Tiepolo, Giovanni Domenico

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

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The Descent from the Cross

1772. Oil on canvas. Not on display

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.


Technical data

Inventory number
Tiepolo, Giovanni Domenico
The Descent from the Cross
Height: 124 cm; Width: 142 cm
Serie de la Pasión de Cristo para San Felipe Neri (Madrid)
Convent of San Felipe Neri, Madrid; Convent of Santa Teresa, Madrid; adquired, 1875

Bibliography +

Mariuz, Adriano, Giandomenico Tiepolo, Alfieri, Venecia, 1965, pp. lám.238.

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. 683-684.

Anatra, Bruno, Venezia e la Spagna, Electa, Milan, 1988.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Inventario general de pinturas (III). Nuevas Adquisiciones. Museo Iconográfico. Tapices., Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1996, pp. nº265.

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

Museo Nacional del Prado, El Museo de la Trinidad en el Prado, El Museo de la Trinidad en el Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2004, pp. 136 / 24.

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

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 265.
265 / Autor = [sobreescrito a lápiz= "Tiepolo"] / Lienzo = El Descendimiento de la Cruz. / Alto 1,42 ancho 1,21 figs. / [Al margen izquierdo=] Yd. Yd. Yd. [Procede de la incautacion de cuadros del ex-convento de Sto. Domingo de Madrid - dispuesta pr. el Poder Ejecutivo fcha. 5 Junio 1869. [sobreescrito a lápiz= "(de las Teresas)"] // [Con otra grafía y a lápiz=] (Debuelto a las Teresas; por Orden Superior fha 30 Setiembre 1875)

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1873-1907. Núm. 2132.
2132.-(265-K.)-El Descendimiento.-La Virgen María está en primer término desmayada al pié de la cruz y sostenida por San Juan.-Compañero de los seis anteriores. / Véase la nota al núm.. 2126. / Alto 1,42; ancho 1,21.-L.

Inscriptions +

[Sello a tinta muy distorsionado; en el centro se adivina un báculo]
Black ink stamp. Back, upper left corner

Convto. de Sta. Teresa - / Madrid no. 265 -
Painted. Back, upper right corner

Exhibitions +

Museo de la Trinidad
19.07.2004 - 03.10.2004

Displayed objects +

Lances / Spears


Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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