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The Dead Christ mourned by Angels

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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This small image, emphasising the suffering of Christ and the anguish of the cherubs, may have been made for a clerical patron in the mid-1640s. It closely relates to 'The Prophecy of Basildes' (Capodimonte, Naples), a Carmelite commission. A prolific draughtsman and printmaker, Testa painted relatively little and his intellectual approach often resulted in unusual images. A version of this painting is in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Tours.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology





oil on canvas


H 31 x W 46 cm

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Presented by Sydney D. Kitson, 1934

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