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The intensity of the pain and suffering depicted here on Christ's face, together with the emotions of the angels, suggest that this drawing on vellum was designed as a private work for personal devotion. Vellum was an extremely expensive medium, and it is possible that this drawing was made for presentation to a patron or as a highly finished work in its own right.

Most of the drawing was executed in brush, though the architecture and some additions to the faces of the angels are drawn in a fine pen. Christ's torso is particularly well modelled, and the drapery of the two angels who hold Christ's upper body is depicted with great intricacy. Zoppo, who was originally from the area around Bologna, evidently studied the Paduan works of the Florentine sculptor Donatello (1386-1466) during his brief apprenticeship in the city from 1453 to 1455.

Marco Zoppo (с. 1432-78), Dead Christ Supported by Angels

From Italy, с. AD (1455-61) Ht35 cm
Purchased with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund

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