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Dead Christ Supported by Two Putti

Late 1470s
Carlo Crivelli, Italian (active Venice and Marches), first documented 1457, died 1495/1500
Carlo 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....

Object Details
John G. Johnson (1841–1917), Philadelphia, by May 31, 1902 [1]; bequest to the City of Philadelphia, 1917.1. The painting is first described in the Johnson Collection by Arthur Hoeber in “Art Collector: John G. Johnson’s Old and Modern Master Works,” Commercial Advertiser, May 31, 1902: “The quaint art of Carlo Crivelli is manifest in a dead Christ supported by cherubs.”

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