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Christ on the Cross with the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene, and Saint John Gm-00041101

Christ on the Cross with the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene, and Saint John Gm-00041101

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Pietro da Cortona (Italian, 1596–1669) This highly finished study depicts the crucifixion of Christ. Mourning him are the Virgin Mary, Saint John the Evangelist, and Mary Magdalene. Strong diagonals, animated gestures, fluttering drapery, and gray-brown wash with white heightening vividly express the dramatic moment. The opaqueness of the white bodycolor allowed Pietro da Cortona to conceal some of his earlier attempts at drawing the figures, especially that of Saint John, who is bordered by an area of white that covers earlier positions for the right and left arms, the head, and left leg.

The drawing was a preparatory study for a painting Pietro da Cortona made for the high altar of the church of San Tommaso di Villanova in Castelgandolfo outside Rome. The oval painting was commissioned by Pope Alexander VII and corresponds closely to this finished study. The grid lines indicate that the drawing was squared, a method of preparing a composition for transfer to a larger surface.

Art Prints are printed on heavy matte finish German art paper using the finest Canon archival inks. Frame is black natural with a white mattboard and Acrylite glazing.

Wall Murals are printed on 42" matte finish, self-adhesive Kodak PhotoText fabric panels that combine and mount easily on a non textured wall surface. We can custom make to any size, just ask.

Stretched Canvas is stretched by hand over 1.5" thick pine bars and printed on cotton poly matte finish canvas. Each canvas is hand coated with Hahnemuhle UV/Archive coating, these are Swiss quality best in industry canvases.


All our images are digitized from the original negative , printed and assembled in Switzerland to museum standards by our master printer.

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