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Man of Sorrows

Artist:
Niccolò di Tommaso (Italian, Florence, active 1343–76)
Date:
ca. 1370
Geography:
Made in Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Fresco transferred to canvas
Dimensions:
Overall: 65 x 70 in. (165.1 x 177.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings-Canvas
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1925
Accession Number:
25.120.241
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 8
This impressive devotional image by a follower of Nardo di Cione presumably came from a Florentine monastery. It may originally have been placed above a door or as a lunette beneath an arch, or possibly in a niche above a tomb. Shown as the Man of Sorrows, at once dead and alive, Christ displays the wounds of his Passion.
Inscription: (on cross) inri
George Grey Barnard American, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania 1863–1938 New York, New York (until 1925)
Description of the George Grey Barnard Cloisters. n.p., n.d. [ca. 1912]. no. 66, [unpaginated].

Breck, Joseph. The Cloisters: A Brief Guide. 1st ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1926. p. 21, fig. 10.

Offner, Richard. Studies in Florentine Painting: The Fourteenth Century. New York: Frederic Fairchild Sherman, 1927. p. 101, fig. 8.

Rorimer, James J., and Margaret B. Freeman. The Cloisters: The Building and the Collection of Mediaeval Art, in Fort Tryon Park. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1938. p. 46, fig. 23.

Wehle, Harry B. A Catalogue of Paintings: Volume 1, Catalogue of Italian, Spanish and Byzantine Paintings. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1940. p. 13.

Meiss, Millard. Painting in Florence and Siena after the Black Death. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1951. no. 76, p. 124, fig. 125.

Offner, Richard. "A Ray of Light on Giovanni del Biondo and Niccolò di Tommaso." Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz 7 (July 1956). p. 191.

Offner, Richard. The Fourteenth Century: Workshop of Bernardo Daddi. A Critical and Historical Corpus of Florentine Painting, Section 3, Vol. 8. New York: Institute of Fine Arts, 1958. no. 2, pp. 166, 223.

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Zeri, Federico. Italian Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Florentine School. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1971. p. 35.

Fredericksen, Burton B., and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1972. pp. 150, 358, 606.

Boskovits, Miklós. Pittura fiorentina alla vigilia del Rinascimento. Florence: Edam, 1975. no. 108, pp. 202–3.

Schrader, J. L. "George Grey Barnard: The Cloisters and the Abbaye." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 37, no. 1 (Summer 1979). p. 30, fig. 40.

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Baetjer, Katharine. European Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art by artists born in or before 1865: A summary catalogue. Vol. 1. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1980. p. 136.

La Favia, Louis M. The Man of Sorrows: Its Origin and Development in Trecento Florentine Painting. Rome: Sanguis, 1980. pp. 74, 76, fig. 42.

Belting, Hans. Das Bild und sein Publikum im Mittelalter: Form und Funktion früher Bildtafeln der Passion. Berlin: Gebr. Mann, 1981. p. 118, fig. 36.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Notable Acquisitions, 1981-1982 (Metropolitan Museum of Art) (1982). p. 37.

Belting, Hans. The Image and its Public in the Middle Ages: Form and Function of Early Paintings of the Passion. New Rochelle: Aristide D. Caratzas, 1990. p. 74, fig. 36, [German ed., 1981, p. 118, fig. 36].

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