Carlo Crivelli's style is marked by fine draftsmanship and delicate brushwork, combined with a strange, caricatured realism. Here, the detailed depiction of Christ's wounds and his graying skin, along with the angels' tears and anguished expressions, accentuate the horror and sorrow of Christ's suffering and death. This painting was made to be the pinnacle, or crowning element, of an altarpiece.


  • Title: Dead Christ Supported by Two Angels
  • Date: c. 1472
  • Location: The Marches, Italy, Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: w18.62 x h28 in (Overall)
  • Provenance: John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Tempera and tooled gold on panel
  • Description: Pinnacle from an altarpiece
  • Artist/Maker: Carlo Crivelli, Italian (active Venice and Marches), first documented 1457, died 1495/1500

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