The Flagellation of Christ
Grisaille on canvas mounted on panel
It bears an inscription on the back of the panel: grisaille by Palma.
H_40.5 cm L_27.5 cm
The model of this Flagellation is known from an engraving by Aegidius Sadeler (1579 - 1629), prepared on the basis of a drawing by Palma the Younger that appeared on the English art market ten years ago. Palma has approached this subject of the life of Christ on several occasions, each time interpreted differently (Oratorio dei Crociferi, Venezia; Lion, Museum of Fine Arts; San Francesco della Vigna, Venice). With some discrepancies in the characters on the left and in the background, our grayness remains very close to the drawing. His style has the same mastery in the contrasting play of shadows and lights and in the solid definition of the volumes of the characters.
It could be a small model executed following the English drawing in anticipation of its translation into painting.
Palma the Younger, in Italian Palma il Giovane, born Jacopo di Antonio Negretti (Venice circa 1548-1550, Venice October 14, 1628), is an Italian Mannerist painter, the little nephew of Palma the Elder.
The start of his artistic production dates from 1565 with his father the painter Antonio Negretti in Venice. He studies and is influenced by Raphael and Titian.
He spent 9 years in Rome, copied Michelangelo and Polidoro da Caravaggio, frequented the Roman mannerists and assimilated the imperatives of the Counter-Reformation while discovering and following the pictorial principles of Zuccaro, Salviati and Santi di Tito.
Returning to Venice after 1569, he collaborated on the various copies of Titian made by Tintoretto, even completing, after his death in 1576, the famous Pietà for the Church of the Frari.
Through his various influences from his contemporaries and their predecessors, he acquired a technical skill and a place of leader of the Venetian school but did not form any disciple. His eclecticism takes him from religious subjects, to historical and mythological ones, from painting, to etching. Its masterpiece is undoubtedly the decoration of the Ospedaletto dei Crociferi.
In a baroque frame in gold papier maché.
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