The Flagellation; (reverse) The Madonna of Mercy

Girolamo Romanino Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 610

Romanino painted this expressive depiction of the flagellation of Christ as a processional banner for a confraternity, or lay religious group, in Brescia, a city not far from Milan. Contemporary German prints, which circulated widely in northern Italy, inspired its dramatically compressed composition and the vehemence of the brutish executioners. Caravaggio, the groundbreaking artist of the next generation, spent his formative years in the region and almost certainly knew and admired this painting. On its reverse, now unfortunately somewhat damaged, Romanino painted the Madonna of Mercy surrounded by kneeling members of the confraternity. For an image of the reverse, visit its collection record at The Met website.

The Flagellation; (reverse) The Madonna of Mercy, Girolamo Romanino (Italian, Brescia 1484/87–1560 Brescia), Distemper and oil(?) on canvas

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