Dead Christ (Palmezzano)
|Dead Christ Held by Two Angels|
|Type||Oil and tempera on panel|
|Dimensions||81 cm × 79 cm (32 in × 31 in)|
The centre of the scene is occupied by the dead figure of Christ, portrayed with great attention to anatomical details, but also with evident religious piety; the brightness of his body is further enhanced by the dark stone, resembling a black cave, depicted in the background. This contrast can also have the allegorical meaning of Jesus leaving sin and death behind his shoulders. Jesus assumes in this way the evangelic role of proclamation of the end of the dark era of humanity, as also remembered by the presence of the two angels.
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