The Dead Christ Supported by Angels & St James on his Way to Execution by Marco Zoppo

The recto depicts the broken figure of the Christ supported by angels framed by a classical tabernacle supporting additional angels.


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.

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