Winter Schedule: 9.30-18.00 | Last entry at 16.30

Winter Schedule: 9.30-18.00 | Last entry at 16.30

Dead Christ

Roman
18th century, Patinated terracotta

This sculpture shows the traditional representation of the dead Christ, stretched out on the unfolded shroud and girded only by a loincloth. The beautiful anatomical rendering is evident above all in the definition of the limbs, which are skilfully modelled: the right hand is open to show the stigmata, while the other rests on the abdomen and the legs are slightly crossed according to a recurring pattern in this type of depiction, deriving from the 15th-century tradition of the Compianti and common throughout Italy, particularly in the Tuscan-Emilian area. The widespread use of this typology makes the attribution to a specific artist difficult, but it was most likely produced by an artist who had trained in Rome and was active in the late Baroque period.