Dead Christ, supported by an angel, Antonello da Messina
- Posted by Antonello da Messina
- Museum: Prado Museum
- Year: 1475-1479
Overview of the painting :
The Dead Christ, supported by an angel – Antonello da Messina. 1475-1479. Oil on canvas. 74×51
Antonello da Messina (about 1430-1479) is a prominent representative of the southern Italian school of the early Renaissance. The painter is characterized by high technical virtuosity, careful study of the smallest details, attention to the background depth and monumentalism of forms.
In the picture “The Dead Christ, supported by an angel” on a light background illuminated by a light, where the hometown of Master Messina is difficult to distinguish, the figures of Christ and the angel clearly loom. The angel is crying, but as if inside, to himself. Only his eyes darkened, his eyelids blushed, his face twisted, and he could not hold back two almost invisible tears that left wet traces. Christ is dead; a bright sky only emphasizes the grief of the angel holding it.