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Christ in Repose (Herrgottsruh), c. 1500
Tempera on panel
20 7/8 in. x 11 7/8 in. (53.02 cm. x 30.16 cm.)
This small panel is a type of devotional image that became popular in northern Italy in the early 15th century and in Germany around 1500. Termed 'Herrgottsruh' (Christ in Repose), the image is drawn from descriptions of Christ's Passion, the sequence of events leading from His betrayal, arrest, and torture to His crucifixion. Unlike most depictions of Christ's humiliation and torture that include crowds of onlookers, however, this interpretation presents Christ as an isolated figure, seated, robed, and momentarily at rest. The 'Herrgottsruh' image emphasizes the dignity of Christ's suffering rather that the physical torment He endured. In the Pomona panel, the figure of Christ, crowned with thorns, a noose draped around his neck, is framed by oddly foreshortened, classical arches. In the distance, one sees a flat landscape and a medieval city.
Longhi: 'Ampliamenti nell' Officina Ferrarese, Samsoni, 1940, P. 15, n. 1. Longhi Officina Ferrarese, 2nd ed. p. 140, note, plate 333.
Sambon Collection, Paris
Gift of the Kress Foundation, 1961 (#K1218).
One of the last of the group of works on an anonymouse Ferrarese master assembled by Longhi. He dates it in first decade of the 16th c. Perkins, A. Venturi, Fiocco and Suida also consider it Ferrarese. Berenson (considers) it Hispano Ferrarese, early 16th c.
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