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ID number:  BIRBI-38.4
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Cima, Giovanni Battista (1459/60 - 1517/18)
Title / Object name:  Christ on the Cross with the Virgin and St John the Evangelist
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  Probably Conegliano, near Venice
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  1488/93
Materials:  Tempera on wood
Measurements:  82.5 x 115.2 cm
Provenance:  Professor Paolini, Rome, before 1922, purchased by Count Contini, Rome; Frizzoni Collection, Bergamo; Agnew's; purchased by the Barber Institute in 1938 for £8,750.
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The Virgin Mary and Saint John mourn at the foot of a tall cross. To the right, Christ prays in the Garden of Gethsemane whilst his disciples sleep - the Agony in the Garden. To the left are three sequential scenes from Christ's Passion set within, or in front of, Pontius Pilate's palace. The Denial of Saint Peter is at the bottom; Pilate Washing his Hands is above alongside the Crowning with Thorns.

Cima worked in Conegliano near Venice, to where he moved in 1492. This work may be earlier, though the landscape with its dramatic sky shows Cima's knowledge of contemporary Venetian painting.

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Paintings by Old Masters', Colnaghi, London, UK, 1962, cat. no. 3; National Gallery, London, UK, 1938-9; 'Italian Art and Britain', Royal Academy, London, UK, 1960 (no.327); 'Between Reniassance and Baroque', Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester, UK, 1965, cat. no. 30; 'Art, Commerce and Scholarship: A Window on to the Art World - Colnaghi 1760-1984', Colnaghi, London, UK, 1984, cat. no. 3; 'Renaissance Siena, Art for a City', National Gallery, London, UK, 24 October 2007 - 13 January 2008, 'Cima da Conegliano', Palazzo Sarcinelli, Treviso, Italy, 26 February 2010 - 02 June 2010; cat. no. 107; 'Birth of a Collection: Masterpieces from the Barber Institute of Fine Arts', National Gallery, London, UK, 22 May 2013 - 01 September 2013

3 Related People

Cima, Giovanni Battista
Italian
1459 / 1460
1517 / 1518
Paolini



Contini, bt. Count



1 Related Publications

Cima da Conegliano
Humfrey, P.

1983
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