The Dead Christ
- Art Funded
- 35.5 x 27.4 cm
His last major commissions were monumental fresco cycles in St Peter's and the Vatican Palace, Rome. Sources disagree on the original purpose of the drawing, describing it variously as a study for the figure of Christ in the Deposition, possibly executed for an altarpiece now at San Marco, or possibly a later copy from the latter. The character of the drawing also suggests that it could have been executed as a religious image in its own right, in keeping with the contemporary private devotional practice in which the viewer is asked to participate on a personal level with the suffering of Christ.
Francesco da A. Gali Fabra, Barcelona; Pedro Succarats, Paris, 1938; Colonel Norman Colville, M.C.; the Trustees of the N.R. Colville Will Trust.