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Christ Before Caiaphas
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Christ Before Caiaphas


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Description This small, brightly-colored panel illustrates the New Testament scene in which Jesus Christ, after his arrest, is brought before the Jewish high priest Caiaphas who rips open his shirt in grief as hears from Christ what he considers blasphemy, for which he must condemn him. The figures are modeled in a strong “chiaroscuro” (contrast of lights and darks) and set against an intricately patterned gold background that resembles a finely woven tapestry. The panel was originally joined by at least five others, now in various collections around the world, depicting additional episodes from Christ’s “Passion,” or the events leading up to his death at the Crucifixion. Probably arranged alongside one another as a type of low-rising altarpiece known as a "dossal," they are among only a handful of works attributed to Antonio della Corna, who was active primarily in his native Cremona in northern Italy. Antonio’s sculptural figure style demonstrates his familiarity with the art of his famous contemporary working in Padua, Andrea Mantegna (ca. 1430-1506), while the silvery flesh tones recall the work of Vincenzo Foppa (ca. 1427-1515), who worked mostly in nearby Milan.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Examinationexamined for condition
3/31/1965Treatmentchemical analysis; examined for condition
4/09/1984Treatmentother
2/01/2006Treatmentexamined for condition; examined for exhibition; inpainted; media consolidation
3/25/2007Treatmentcleaned; coated; filled; inpainted; media consolidation; other; surface cleaned; varnish removed or reduced; x-ray
9/25/2007Examinationexamined for condition; examined for exhibition
Provenance Cernuschi, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, May 25-26, 1900, no. 25; Trotti Galleries, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1913 [mode of acquisition unknown] [from the Trotti Galleries]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1913

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Period
1470-1475 (Renaissance)
Medium
tempera and gold leaf on wood panel
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.481
Measurements
Painted surface H: 15 3/8 x W: 13 1/8 x D excluding auxiliary wood support and cradle: 1/4 in. (39.1 x 33.3 x 0.6 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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