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Dead Christ Supported by Two Putti

Pinnacle from an altarpiece

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

Made in Marches, Italy, Europe

Late 1470s

Egg tempera and tooled gold on panel

27 7/8 × 18 5/8 × 1 1/8 inches (70.8 × 47.3 × 2.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

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

Accession Number:
Cat. 158

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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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.

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