The recto depicts the broken figure of the Christ supported by angels framed by a classical tabernacle supporting additional angels.
The Dead Christ Supported by Angels & St James on his Way to Execution by Marco Zoppo, 14551457
© British Museum
- Pen & brown ink with brown & red wash on vellum
- 35 x 28 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £100,000 ( Total: £445,000; Tax remission)
- Acquired in:
Particularly moving are the anguished face of Christ and the wailing expressions of certain angels. The verso portrays St James being led to his execution set in a triumphal arch festooned with swags and enlivened by the cantankerous actions of a group of putti.