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Marco Zoppo (1433 - 1498)   Dead Christ with Saints John the baptist and Jerome  Oil on panel, c. 1470  26.4 x 21 cm  Private Collection
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Title: Dead Christ
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Marco Zoppo (1433 - 1498) 
Dead Christ with Saints John the baptist and Jerome
Oil on panel, c. 1470
26.4 x 21 cm
Private Collection

The body of the crucified Christ is propped up in the tomb, on which two extinguished candles are standing. Saint John the Baptist stands behind a parapet with another saint, who may be Saint Jerome, wearing a hermit's cowl over a blue cardinal's cape ­ as was normal until the 1460s ­ despite the traditional iconography by which Jerome wears red. This identification finds some confirmation from the fact that Zoppo represented Jerome on other occasions wearing blue and with a long beard (e.g. Baltimore, Walters Art Gallery; Bologna, Pinacoteca; Berlin, Staatliche Museen).

The subject and format would make it likely that Dead Christ served as the crowning panel of a polyptych altarpiece, but the reverse is decorated to imitate marble, suggesting that it was painted as an independent work, perhaps for private devotion. It was probably painted in Venice in about 1465.

Collection of Professor Rosini, Pisa, before 1845; bought from the Lombardi­Baldi collection, 1857.



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