Deposition from the Cross

Bastarolo (Giuseppe Mazzuoli)

Ferrara, c. 1536 -1589


Oil on canvas, 436 x 281cm

This large canvas, purchased by the Pinacoteca in 1949, was made between the 1570s and 1580s for the Oratory of the Archconfraternity of Death. The painting shows Bastarolo’s close alignment with ‘Mannerist culture’, as comparisons with Rosso Fiorentino’s famous Volterra Deposition and other depositions painted by Giorgio Vasari demonstrate. The upper section of the painting is a re-working of an idea originally found in a Raphael drawing, whilst some of the characters that make up the composition demonstrate the influence of Emilian artists such as Correggio and Girolamo da Carpi. The figures with powerful sculpted bodies are carefully balanced in the compositional space.