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Crucified Man

Crucified Man

(Danish, 1526/27-aft 1588)
(Italian, 1475–1564)
Catalogue raisonné: Hollstein XXII.186.11
Location: not on view


In this print Danish artist Melchior Lorck isolated the figure of the Old Testament villain Haman from Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling. Lorck may have seen it in person, or in a print or drawing. He rendered the musculature and outline carefully, but less successful were his grasp of the figure’s foreshortening (the rendering of a figure in perspective), and the proportions of the body in relation to the head. Artists working outside Italy around 1550 still did not generally sketch from live models, nor did they directly study anatomy, which may explain Lorck’s awkward reconciliation of the form.
  • Exhibition of Prints by the Little Masters: Prints form the Museum Collection. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (March 23-April 24, 1938).
    16th Century German Engravings. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (December 13, 1938-January 22, 1939).
    Master/Apprentice: Imitation and Inspiration in the Renaissance. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (October 13, 2019-February 23, 2020).
  • {{cite web|title=Crucified Man|url=false|author=Melchior Lorck, Michelangelo Buonarroti|year=1550|access-date=01 March 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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