The Dead Christ with Angels
133.4 x 104.1 cm (52 1/2 x 41 in.)
Oil on panel
"Rosso Fiorentino was one of the primary practitioners of the highly refined and decorative sixteenth-century style now known as Mannerism. It is characterized by strong, unusual colors; crowded or ambiguous space; and elongated, often twisting figures. Rosso painted this altarpiece in Rome for his friend Leonardo Tornabuoni, the bishop of Borgo San Sepolcro. Rosso's admiration of Michelangelo's recently painted frescoes on the Sistine Ceiling is reflected in the muscular nude body of Christ. One of very few surviving works by this exceptional artist, the painting is also unusually well preserved." (Boston MFA)
This image provides for some extremely complex interpretations, especially in view of the Reformation/Counter-Reformation politics and iconography. Recommended article: Stefaniak, Regina. "Replicating Mysteries of the Passion: Rosso's Dead Christ with Angels." Renaissance Quarterly, Vol.45, no.4 (1992): 677-738. A very challenging and insightful read.