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Title

Deposition

1543
1563

Artist

Prospero Fontana

Italy

1512 - 1597

  • Details

    Other Titles
    Pieta
    The Deposition
    Dates
    1543
    1563
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on poplar panel
    Dimensions
    193.0 x 116.5 cm panel; 212.7 x 135.3 x 14.5 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.c., oil "Prosper Fontane/ MDLXIII.".

    Credit
    Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1994
    Location
    15th–19th c European art
    Accession number
    219.1994
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Prospero Fontana

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  • About

    In this spectacular, if formulaic, altarpiece the decorativeness and artificiality of mannerism can be observed giving ground to the more robust dynamics of the proto-baroque style that emerged in Fontana's native Bologna during this period. The artist occupied an important place in Bolognese cultural affairs, while his daughter and pupil, Lavinia, established a significant reputation as a portraitist. Indeed, her fame eclipsed his for a time. The figures in this work derive from the standard Renaissance repertoire, their compression and colouristic variety are Fontana's own. He was especially adept at conveying a mood of heightened emotion within a limited pictorial space. Even the air-borne angels bearing the instruments of the Passion are cramped by the ominous cross. Fontana's intention, fully realised, is to force the viewer into direct contemplation of the physical suffering of Christ and its grievous effect on the sacred assembly around him.

    AGNSW Handbook, 1999.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 9 publications

  • Provenance

    The provenance of this work is under review and records will be updated as new details become available. The Gallery welcomes any information. Contact provenance@ag.nsw.gov.au

    The Church of S. Giacomo, Italy, Almost certainly is the 'Deposition' referred to by two early sources as for the altar of the Church of Corpus Domini, Bologna.

    Conte Luigi Salina, circa 1841, Bologna/Italy, by 1841

    Whitfield Fine Art, London, pre 26 May 1994, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Whitfield Fine Art 1994.