12 June 2013
THE LAMENTATION, miniature cut from an ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM
[Northern Italy, possibly Lombardy, mid-16th century]
78 x 82mm. The Virgin holds the body of Christ while the Magdalene kneels to kiss his feet. Mounted and framed.
An exquisite example of 16th-century northern Italian manuscript illumination, displaying the marked influence of Renaissance panel painting on book production of the time. The style is characterised by its sensitively rendered, mournful figures: the fine, clean brush strokes of the figures's hair, robes and skin give texture and depth to the composition. The influence of Signorelli, Perugino and Botticelli is evident particularly in the depiction of the kneeling Mary Magdalene, but the landscape background points to a more northern, perhaps Lombard attribution.
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