St John the Evangelist Mourning, Deodato Orlandi
Deodato Orlandi
St John the Evangelist Mourning
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Deodato Orlandi

St John the Evangelist Mourning, ca. 1300 – 1310


Dimensions
54.3 x 43.1 x 1.8 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on poplar
Inventory Number
1887
Acquisition
Acquired in 1934
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters, room 12

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This depiction, which looks like a painting in its own right, is only a fragment of a panel cross. The laterally widened stem showed the crucified Christ, while vertical rectangular picture fields at the ends of the crosspiece featured half-length figures of the Virgin and St John. Painted crosses of this kind hung above the rood screen or at the entrance to the choir in large churches. Deodato Orlandi may have painted this one (which, at originally about 5.30 metres, was unusually tall) for San Piero a Grado, near Pisa, for which he also executed an extensive cycle of frescos.

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07.06.2024