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Descent from the Cross

Artist:
Follower of Jean Goujon (French, ca. 1510–ca. 1565 Bologna (?))
Artist:
After a composition by Marcantonio Raimondi (Italian, Argini (?) ca. 1480–before 1534 Bologna (?))
Date:
ca. 1555
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Marble with traces of gilding
Dimensions:
43 1/4 x 24 1/2 in. (109.9 x 62.2 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1929
Accession Number:
29.56
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 544
Against a distant view of Jerusalem, Christ’s body is lowered into the arms of Saint John the Evangelist under the anguished gaze of Mary Magdalen, who kneels at the foot of the cross. On the left, one of the other Maries supports the swooning Virgin. Although the composition was based on an engraving by the Bolognese printmaker Marcantonio Raimondi (ca. 1480–before 1534), the figures’ thin draperies, elongated silhouettes, and Grecian profiles reflect the influence of the court artist Jean Goujon.
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