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The Resurrection

Marco Zoppo (Marco Ruggeri known as Lo Zoppo) (Italian, Cento 1431/32 – ca. 1478 Venice)
ca. 1465
White tempera, brush and brown wash, over black chalk, on paper washed light-brown
14-3/8 x 27-3/8 in. (36.5 x 69.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers and Harry G. Sperling Funds and Florence B. Selden Bequest, 1998
Accession Number:
Not on view
Zoppo was a painter and draftsman active in Padua, Venice, and Bologna, a friend of Andrea Mantegna, and an artist admired in humanist circles. In this rare, large scale drawing of about 1465, Christ has risen from the tomb while three guards slumber, oblivious to the event. The statuesque figure of Christ, based on Donatello's Saint John the Baptist of 1438 (Frari, Venice), moves directly toward us and raises his hand to give his blessing, a composition of great immediacy. Zoppo, like Mantegna, crisply defined the forms with strokes of dark wash and white heightening. The paper has darkened somewhat, but the evocative chiaroscuro effects indicate he intended to represent this miraculous occurrence at night. Previously attributed to Andrea Mantegna, the drawing is now generally recognized as the work of Zoppo: a similar study by the artist can be found in the Keeling Saint now in the British Museum, London (inv. 1875,0710.1039). (CCB, 1999)
Grandi Collection, Milan; Giovanni Rasini (Italian, 1892–1952 Milan); Rasini Collection, Switzerland; Thomas Williams Fine Art Ltd., London; Vendor: Thomas Williams Fine Art Ltd., London
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," February 8, 1999–May 3, 1999.

Nino (Eugenio) Barbantini Esposizione della Pittura Ferrarese del Rinascimento. Exh. cat. Ferrara, 1933, p. 192, no. 232 (as Marco Zoppo).

Giuseppe Fiocco "Tre disegni dell'Espozione Ferrarese del Rinascimento." L'Arte. vol. 37, 1934, p. 233 (as Mantegna, collection of Giovanni Rasini, Milan).

Giuseppe Fiocco Mantegna. Milan, 1934, p. 80, figs. 161-62 (as Mantegna).

Roberto Longhi Officina Ferrarese [con 217 illustr.]. Rome, 1934, p. 162 (as Marco Zoppo); republished in Roberto Longhi, Officina Ferrarese (1934), Ampliamenti (1940), Nuovi Ampliamenti (1940-55), Florence 1975, p. 130.

Carlo L. Ragghianti "Un disegno di Marco Zoppo." La Critica d'Arte. Florence, 1936, p. 139n (as Marco Zoppo).

Antonio Morassi Disegni antichi dalla collezione Rasini in Milano Exh. cat. Milan, 1937, p. 23, pl. I (as Mantegna).

Kunstschatze der Lombardei: 500 vor Christus - 1800 nach Christus. Exh. cat. Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, 1948, pp. 151-52, no. 305.

Arthur Ewart Popham, Philip Pouncey Italian Drawings in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum: The Fourteeth and Fifteenth Centuries.. British Museum, vol. 1, London, 1950, p. 166, under no. 266.

Giuseppe Fiocco "Notes sur les dessins de Marco Zoppo" Gazette des Beaux Arts. 96 (1954), no. 43, January. 1954, p. 228 (as Mantegna).

Erica Tietze-Conrat Mantegna. London, 1955, p. 207 (as not by Mantegna).

Eberhard Ruhmer Marco Zoppo. Vicenza, 1966, pp. 70-71, no.56, repr.

Lilian Armstrong The Paintings and Drawings of Marco Zoppo. Exh. cat., New York and London. New York and London, 1976, pp. 393-95, no. D2, fig. 37.

Carmen C. Bambach, Colta Ives, Perrin Stein, Nadine Orenstein "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1998-1999." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 57, no. 2, Autumn 1999, p. 23, no. 2 (entry by Carmen C. Bambach).

Giovanni Agosti Disegni del Rinascimento in Valpadana Exh. cat. Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi. Florence, 2001, p. 94, under no. 4.

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