The Meditation on the Passion

Vittore Carpaccio Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 606

This remarkable picture is a meditation on death and resurrection. Christ’s dead body is displayed on a broken throne inscribed in pseudo-Hebrew. A bird, a symbol of the soul, flies upward. The landscape—contrastingly barren and lush—alludes to the themes of death and life, as do the animals. The Old Testament prophet Job sits on a block inscribed in pseudo-Hebrew while opposite is Saint Jerome (ca. 347–420), who wrote a commentary on the book of Job. The turbaned figures in the background would have been familiar to Venetians through their trade with the Middle East and Egypt.

#5067. The Meditation on the Passion

The Meditation on the Passion, Vittore Carpaccio (Italian, Venice 1460/66?–1525/26 Venice), Oil and tempera on wood

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