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"Salvator Mundi"

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Description Christ raises his right hand in benediction. In the right corner, part of a globe is visible, indicating his role as "Salvator Mundi" (Latin meaning "savior of the world"). His mild yet firm gaze encompasses all. Sassoferrato specialized in devotional subjects. He chose pure colors and regular forms with emphasized contours that follow earlier traditions of religious painting. In addition, this image of Christ is based on a popular type in 16th-century northern art often combined with one of a praying Virgin Mary, representing them as king and queen of heaven. For more information on this painting, please see Federico Zeri's 1976 catalogue no. 322, p. 450.
  • The Life of Christ. The Washington County Museum, Hagerstown. 1951.
Provenance Sagro Monte di Pieta, Rome (?) [the 1857 catalogue of the Gallery lists a Redeemer by Sassoferrato with similar dimensions]; Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [1897 catalogue: no. 258]; 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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ca. 1630-1685 (Baroque)
oil on canvas
(Painting & Drawing)
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Painted surface H: 18 11/16 x W: 15 5/16 in. (47.4 x 38.9 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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