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Christ on the Cross: 2557

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Current Location: In storage


Christ on the Cross


Draughtsman: Palma Giovane (Jacopo Negretti)




History note: Unknown dealer in Naples; Mrs Sigismond Goetze

Measurements and weight

Height: 294 mm
Width: 177 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1943) by Goetze, Constance, Mrs


Circa 1600 - 1605


Formerly attributed to Tintoretto. The drawing is stylistically comparable with surviving chalk drawings by Palma il Giovane and there are such marked similarities of positioning and composition with the figure of Christ on the Cross in Palma's 'St Thomas Aquinas contemplating the Crucifix in the church of S.Domenico', Fano, as to make it plausible that the drawing is a preliminary study for that painting.

School or Style

Venetian School

Materials used in production

White chalk
Black chalk

Components of the work

Support composed of paper ( faded blue, laid down)

Techniques used in production

Drawing (image-making) : Black chalk, heightened with white on faded blue paper, corners missing, lower left and upper right, general staining, laid down

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Tintoret
  • Location: Lower right
  • Method of creation: Brown ink
  • Text: No 4
  • Location: Mount, verso
  • Method of creation: Brown ink
  • Text: from Naples
  • Location: Old mount
  • Method of creation: Brown ink

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 2557
Primary reference Number: 47661
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 16 July 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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