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Mourning of Christ by angels - Federico Zuccari. 232x142
The Roman artist, a representative of mannerism, Federico Zucaccari (1542 / 1543-1609) turned in his painting to a rather rare iconography - mourning the Savior taken from the cross of the angels.
In the cave where the burial of Jesus is to take place, angels stand around Him with torches in their hands. One of them, raising his eyes to the sky, supports His body, in the image of which the artist was inspired by the art of Michelangelo Buonarroti. The powerful torso of Christ at Dzukkari dates back to the paintings of the Sistine Chapel, and His posture and elongated heavy body resemble Michelangelo’s last work - the sculpture group Pieta Rondanini (1552-1564, Sforza Castle, Milan). However, in elongated figures of angels, several artificial colors of robes, endless flexible lines and deliberate beauty of the whole image, the brush of the mannerist is visible.
The painter placed the scene in the bright light of torches, dispersing the darkness of the cave, thereby enhancing the effect of an unusual event taking place in the picture.