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Head of a Mourning Woman
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Head of a Mourning Woman


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Description Ercole de' Roberti was one of the leading artists of Ferrara. This painting is closely related to the image of one of the mourning women on a famous fresco of the Crucifixion (destroyed in 1606), which the painter executed in a chapel in the Cathedral of St. Peter in Bologna. It is unusual to see such a detail of a monumental image placed within a carefully delineated framework. It has been suggested that it was based on the cartoon (a preliminary drawing of actual size) used by the artist when painting the fresco. The painting demonstrates the artist's ability to depict vividly an extreme state of grief. For more information on this panel, please see Federico Zeri's 1976 catalogue no. 145, pp. 216-218.
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome, prior to 1881 [mode of acquisition unknown] [1881 catalogue: no. 104; 1897 catalogue: no. 110, as St. Veronica by Leonardo da Vinci]; 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
15th century (Renaissance)
Medium
tempera and oil on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.1707
Measurements
Painted surface H: 20 5/8 x W: 15 1/2 in. (52.4 x 39.4 cm); Panel H: 21 1/8 x W: 16 1/8 x D excluding cradle: 1/4 in. (53.7 x 40.9 x 0.7 cm)
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