Descent from the Cross
Francesco Mazzola detto Parmigianino
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This small-scale picture was obviously made as a painting sketch for a larger composition. It depicts "The Descent from the Cross" in a non-canonical interpretation. Two angels are holding the body of Christ, while two putti are mourning his sufferings. The work is mistakenly attributed to Parmigianino. Judging by the manner of execution, the canvas was probably painted by a gifted Venetian painter in the second half of the 16th century.