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  • 1994/2.17 - The Farnese Hercules, Jacob Bos, 1562; 18 1/8 in. x 12 5/8 in.

  • 1970/1.179Lamentation, Bartolommeo da Brescia, 1565; 10 5/8 in. x 7 11/16 in. 
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  • 1979/1.153 - The Dead Christ Supported by an AngelGiuseppe Scolaricirca 158218 1/8 in. x 12 3/16 in. 

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  • 1954/2.54 - Study of a Male Nude with Floating Drapery, Isaac Claesz van Swanenburg, 1562-1638; 12 7/16 in. x 7 15/16 in.
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The Dead Christ Supported by an Angel

Accession Number
1979/1.153

Title
The Dead Christ Supported by an Angel

Artist(s)
Giuseppe Scolari

Object Creation Date
circa 1582

Medium & Support
woodcut on paper

Dimensions
18 ⅛ in x 12 3/16 in (46.04 cm x 30.96 cm);18 ⅛ in (46.04 cm);x 12 3/16 in x 30.96 cm

Credit Line
Museum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art

Label copy
Giuseppe Scolari's flamboyant woodcut technique both calls attention to this Venetian printmaker's inventive use of this medium and expresses the suffering of the dead Christ. Pulsing line, flickering light, and swirling forms create a sense of drama. The composition is based on a drawing by Federico Zuccaro, while Christ's left hand was modeled on Michelangelo's Vatican "Pietà."
The highly original Scolari breathed new life into the practice of woodcut in the circle of Titian at the end of the century. Unlike Boldrini, Scolari both designed and cut his own blocks. Instead of using traditional knife cutting and systematic hatching and crosshatching, he employed the gouge and graver to create long, flowing strokes. Using this rare manner of woodcut that creates the impression of white lines on black, he developed a virtuoso technique with abrupt contrasts of light and dark. Scolari's energetic line and depiction of dramatic light intensify the emotional impact of this image of Christ's body displayed by an angel.
The monogram seen in the lower right corner was added to the second state of this print. It may be the insignia of the publisher.
Exhibition label text for "Venice, Traditions Transformed," September 21, 1996 - January 12, 1997 by Annette Dixon and Monika Schmitter.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Collection Area
Western

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Keywords
Angel
Jesus Christ
Plants
death

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