Inventory number
P03092
Author
Messina, Antonello da
Title
The Dead Christ supported by an Angel
Chronology
1475-1476
Technique
Oil and tempera
Support
Panel
Dimensions
74 cm x 51 cm
School
Italian
Theme
Religion
On display
Yes
Provenance
Matías Yañez Rivada, Monforte de Lemos (Lugo), hasta 1881; adquirido por Rosa de Mendiluce en 1881, de quien pasó a su nieto Juan Miguel Albisu. Adquirido por el Museo del Prado en 1965.

Antonello was trained in Naples, the Italian city most influenced by Flemish painting. He later worked in Sicily and mainland Italy. In 1475 he traveled to Venice and, while this work was painted on his return to Messina, the city visible in the background, it would not be understandable without reference to Giovanni Bellini. Bellini painted versions of the Pietà that gave Antonello a compositional reference (the placement of Christ in the foreground), as well as an iconographical one (the inclusion of angels).

Antonello's painting is technically virtuoso, combining a meticulous calligraphy of northern origin —visible in the landscape and in Christ's hair— with a monumental treatment of the anatomy and a concern for volume and perspective that are clearly southern.

 

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