Art/ Collection/ Art Object

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)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Florentine Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum," June 15–August 15, 1971, no catalogue.

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.

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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.

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

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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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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.

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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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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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