Dec 31, 2008

The Dead Christ with Angels

The Dead Christ with Angels

c. 1580

Leandro Bassano

(Italian, 1557–1623)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 157 x 129.5 x 13 cm (61 13/16 x 51 x 5 1/8 in.); Unframed: 123.3 x 96.5 cm (48 9/16 x 38 in.)

Holden Collection 1916.806



In this scene, two angels are shown attending to the body of Christ after his death. The artist, Leandro Bassano, came from a family of painters—both his father and grandfather were artists, as were his brothers, Francesco and Gerolamo. Leandro worked primarily in Francesco's studio in Venice, which he took over after his brother's death in 1592. Leandro is best known as a portrait painter, working in a style often compared with that of the great Venetian artist, Tintoretto. Other versions of this painting are in the collections of the Galleria Colonna in Rome and the Civic Museum in Bassano del Grappa, the artist's birthplace.

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Type of artwork: 
Oil on canvas
Credit line: 
Holden Collection

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