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St. Christopher and the Christ Child
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St. Christopher and the Christ Child


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Description According to Christian legend, a giant helped travelers ford a river. He was surprised one evening when a little child appeared, asking to be transported to the opposite side of the river. The giant was perplexed by the tremendous weight of this small child, expressed here in his strained leg muscles. The child explained that he was carrying the sins of the world on his shoulders (hence the globe that the child holds in his left hand). Here the giant responds with ecstatic pleasure to learning that his passager is Christ. The giant became known as Christopher, which means "Christ-bearer." For more information on this painting, please see Federico Zeri's 1976 catalogue no. 285, pp. 413-414.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Examinationexamined for condition
8/10/1976Treatmentcleaned; examined for condition; other
8/10/1976Treatmentcleaned
3/31/1977Treatmentcleaned
4/01/2006Treatmentcleaned; inpainted
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [1881 catalogue: no. 75; 1897 catalogue: no. 377, as Titan]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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Period
late 16th century (late Renaissance)
Medium
oil on canvas
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.590
Measurements
Painted surface H: 83 1/16 x W: 45 1/2 in. (211 x 115.5 cm); Framed H: 101 5/8 × W: 64 × D: 4 3/4 in. (258.13 × 162.56 × 12.07 cm)
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