The intersection of styles characterizes this small panel, in which Northern elements traceable to Rogier van der Weyden are conspicuously present, but so are certain Vincenzo Foppa influences, mainly in the physiognomy of some figures in the middleground, in the facial types and some solutions in the drawing that were to remain unaltered in Bergognone’s works of subsequent years.
Paintings in Szépmûvészeti Múzeum Budapest
In this painting the angels are dressing the dead Jesus. The subject is Byzantine in origin and rare in Western art. The mattress, covered with red velvet is a stylized variant of the “red-stone” relic, formerly in the Byzantine Pantokrator church. According to an apocryphal legend, Christ was lying on this stone when the angels anointed him and covered him with the shroud. The legendary event, shown on the small painting on copper, is supplemented with a liturgical reference: on the altar in the background, we can see a chalice, symbolizing the mystery of the Eucharist. Alessandro Allori works with definite contours, models like a sculptor and paints numerous small details. The painting is signed in the centre of the altar-step: ALESSANDRO BRONZINO ALLORI FACEVA.
Alcibar was a famous painter in Mexico in the viceregal period. He painted murals in many cathedrals, and painted portraits of nuns. In 18th-century Mexico hundreds of portraits were produced on the occasion of taking vow of chastity of young girls going to a convent. This painting representing a 16 years old girl belongs to this series.