The Descent from the Cross with Saint Francis and Another Friar

Jacopo Ligozzi Italian

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After the Crucifixion Joseph of Arimathea, a rich and respected man, secretly a disciple of Jesus, took the body of Christ from the cross. He is seen on the left supporting Christ's body. As first recognized by W. R. Jeudwine (1965), this finished drawing, preciously highlighted in gold, is a study with minor variants for a painting now at the Museo Civico in San Gimignano, which was signed and dated by Ligozzi in 1591. The presence of Saint Francis and another friar indicates that the painting was meant for a Franciscan sanctuary. (See: Bean 1990; Conigliello 1992 and here ‘References’ for full bibliography on this drawing).

The Descent from the Cross with Saint Francis and Another Friar, Jacopo Ligozzi (Italian, Verona 1547–1627 Florence), Pen and brown ink, brush and brown and gray wash, heightened with gold; framing lines in pen and brown ink and gold

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