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This type of image of Christ after his death – close up, showing his naked torso – originated in Byzantium (the Eastern Christian empire) but was very popular in Italy from about the thirteenth century. It was supposed to promote meditation upon Christ’s suffering and death.
The resulting sculptural effect shows the influence of the Florentine sculptor Donatello, who tackled this subject several times. Bellini probably knew Donatello’s version of the subject sculpted in marble for the high altar of the cathedral in Padua, which includes supporting angels – Donatello’s inventive addition to the standard image.
Tempera and oil on wood
H 94.6 x W 71.8 cm
Mond Bequest, 1924