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Deposition of Christ (Fra Angelico)

The Deposition from the Cross is a painting of the Deposition of Christ by the Italian Renaissance master Fra Angelico, executed between 1432 and 1434. It is now housed in the National Museum of San Marco, Florence.

Deposition from the Cross
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ArtistFra Angelico
Year1432–1434
MediumTempera on panel
Dimensions176 cm × 185 cm (69 in × 73 in)
LocationNational Museum of San Marco, Florence

Giorgio Vasari defined it to have been “painted by a saint or an angel”.

Angelico intervened to complete this altarpiece when it had been already begun by Lorenzo Monaco for the Strozzi Chapel in the Florentine church of Santa Trinita. It portrays Christ supported by several people, with Mary Magdalene keeping his feet, as a symbol of human repentance. A figure on the right, with a red hat, is showing the cross' nails and the horns crown, symbols of passion and sacrifice.

Mary, wearing a dark dress, is shown in the traditional gesture of keeping hands joined.

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