"The Crucifixion, Flemish School XVIIth Century, Circle Antoon Van Dyck (1599 - 1641)"The crucifixion of Christ
Flemish-Genoese school of the seventeenth century
Circle Antoon van Dyck (Antwerp, 1599 - London, 1641)
oil on canvas,
cm. 91 x 70
with frame cm. 117 x 97
The proposed painting represents the moment of the crucifixion of Christ; it is taken a few moments before the extreme
breath and enveloped by an atmosphere of solemn atmospheric upheaval, with a desolate Golgotha surrounded by the darkness of the solar eclipse.
The painting, which dates back to a Flemish-Genoese painter active in the seventeenth century, comes from a large series of prototypes, a similar subject, developed by Anton Van Dyck (Antwerp, 1599 - London, 1641), while he lived in Italy. These include the canvas kept in the Palazzo Reale of Genoa, the Museo di Capodimonte in Naples and the Kunshistorisches Museum in Vienna.
See pictures in detail for other similar works (fig.1 and fig.2). This innovative iconographic typology of the Crucifixion, both dramatic and elegiac, inspired many imitations of many painters revolving around the circle of the Flemish master.
The most obvious iconographic element, which we find in the proposed painting, is the centrality that the figure of Christ acquires within the composition. Van Dick, welcoming a trend already experienced in the sixteenth century, neglects the multitude of characters who traditionally surround the crucifixion to be limited to the unique figure of the dying Christ.
This expedient gives the scene a strong sense of drama, with an increasingly dark palette that contrasts with the body of Christ, illuminated by a divine light.
The work, characterized by an excellent state of conservation, has been perfectly replenished and is completed by a pleasant frame in carved and gilded wood.
Certificate of photographic authenticity according to the law (FIMA ITALIA - CINOA)
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