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Christ with Joseph of Arimathea

Christ with Joseph of Arimathea

c. 1525
(Italian, c. 1480–after.1548)
Framed: 134.6 x 221 x 12.7 cm (53 x 87 x 5 in.); Unframed: 105 x 191.8 cm (41 5/16 x 75 1/2 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

This panel originally crowned the largest painting Savoldo ever made for a public setting.

Description

After the Crucifixion, Joseph of Arimathea obtained permission to bury Christ’s body in Joseph’s own tomb. Aside from an amorphous, cloudy sky, Savoldo eliminated the background entirely and reduced the narrative to two monumental figures, brought to the front of the picture plane. These qualities surely had a great impact on Caravaggio, who initially trained in Northern Italy, where Savoldo spent his career. This work originally hung over a large altarpiece, which explains the unusual perspective, the panel’s horizontal shape, and the figures’ position above the viewer.
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art Handbook. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1958. Mentioned and Reproduced: cat. no. 414 archive.org
    Heydenreich, Ludwig H., Wolfgang Lotz, and Lise Lotte Möller. Studien zur toskanischen Kunst; Festschrift für Ludwig Heinrich Heydenreich zum 23. März 1963. München: Prestel-Verlag, 1964. 297-299
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1966. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1966. Reproduced: p. 96 archive.org
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    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1969. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1969. Reproduced: p. 96 archive.org
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1978. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1978. Reproduced: p. 111 archive.org
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    Giovanni Gerolamo Savoldo tra Foppa, Giorgione e Caravaggio. Milano: Electa, 1990. 16, 25, 30, 32, 50, 264, 318
    Gilbert, Creighton. "Several of the Contexts of Savoldo's "Dead Christ"." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 79, no. 1 (1992): 16-35. Reproduced: p. 16; Mentioned: p. 16-36 www.jstor.org
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    Amodei, Tito. La Passione di Gesù nell'arte Italiana. Teramo: Palumbi, 2017. Reproduced: p. 58- 59
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    Frangi, Francesco, and Gian Girolamo Savoldo. Giovan Girolamo Savoldo: pittura e cultura religiosa nel primo Cinquecento. Cinisello Balsamo, Milano : Silvana editoriale, 2022. Mentioned: p. 304; reproduced: pp. 334-335, figs. 172-173
  • In Memoriam: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr.. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (March 4-April 7, 1958).
    Savoldo conservation treatment and loan. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA (organizer) (November 1, 2009-May 18, 2012).
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