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Christ Blessing

Artist/Maker: Benedetto Diana (Italy, ca. 1460-1525)

Date: ca. 1500
Medium: oil on wood
Overall: 27 3/4 x 18 3/4 in. (70.5 x 47.6 cm)
Framed: 39 1/8 x 30 x 3 in. (99.4 x 76.2 x 7.6 cm)
Classification: Art Works
Credit Line: Gift of The Samuel H. Kress Foundation
Object number: 61.044.000
DescriptionThe size, format, and subject matter of this painting suggest that it was a private devotional image. The figure was derived ultimately from Giovanni Bellini's ca. 1487 figure of Christ in the Transfiguration (Naples, Capodimonte). It is one among twenty-three versions cited by Fritz Heinemann (1962). In light of the fact that all other contemporary copies include a landscape or architectural setting, it is probable that this painting originally had some sort of background which has now been painted over. The authorship of this painting has been controverted. Fern R. Shapley ascribed it to an artist of the Venetian School, ca.1500. Heinemann initially associated the work with Girolamo Mocetto, but subsequently agreed with the attribution to Benedetto Diana proposed by Antonio Paolucci and seconded by Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri.
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