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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
    Grand Courts
    Accession number
    219.1994
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Prospero Fontana

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Prospero Fontana’s altarpiece shows the lamentation
    over the dead body of Christ after the Crucifixion.
    He is mourned by the Virgin Mary in the centre,
    Saint Mary Magdalene on the left and Saint John the
    Evangelist on the right. The old men are presumably
    Nicodemus (with a jar of spices) and Joseph of
    Arimathea (holding the linen cloth to wrap Christ in).
    Angels hold the Instruments of the Passion (vinegarsoaked
    sponge, nails, crown of thorns and lance).

    This appears to be the ‘Deposition’ altarpiece by
    Fontana described in early sources in the convent of
    the Corpus Domini, Bologna. The composition presents
    an expressive group of grieving figures tightly clustered
    around the dead body of Christ – the ‘Corpus Domini’ to
    which the nuns of the convent paid particular devotion.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • 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.