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The Man of Sorrows (Christ Crowned with Thorns)

A Florentine copy after a painting by the Netherlandish artist Hans Memling in the Musei di Strada Nuova, Genoa

Domenico Ghirlandaio, Italian (active Florence and Rome), 1449 - 1494

Made in Florence, Italy, Europe

c. 1490

Egg tempera on panel

21 3/8 × 13 1/4 × 3/4 inches (54.3 × 33.7 × 1.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 313, European Art 1100-1500, third floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 1176a

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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This moving image of Jesus Christ crying in sorrow is based on a painting by Hans Memling (Netherlandish, first documented 1465, died 1494). It has been identified as the work of Domenico Ghirlandaio, a contemporary of Memling who worked in Florence. Ghirlandaio is known to have particularly appreciated the Netherlandish artist’s work, which Italian merchants brought to Florence from Memling’s native Bruges.

Ghirlandaio made copies of a number of Netherlandish masterpieces, and while he successfully imitated the effects of Netherlandish oil painting, he did so in the traditional Italian medium of egg tempera.

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