European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Dead Christ Supported by Two Angels
Pinnacle from an altarpiece
Carlo Crivelli, Italian (active Venice and Marches), first documented 1457, died 1495/1500
Tempera and tooled gold on panel
Cat. 158John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelCarlo Crivelli's style is marked by fine draftsmanship and delicate brushwork, combined with a strange, caricatured realism. Here, the detailed depiction of Christ's wounds and his graying skin, along with the angels' tears and anguished expressions, accentuate the horror and sorrow of Christ's suffering and death. This painting was made to be the pinnacle, or crowning element, of an altarpiece.
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