Giovanni Battista Bertucci Sr., “Noli me tangere” with Saints Peter and Andrew

Giovanni Battista Bertucci sr.,
“Noli me tangere” with Saints Peter and Andrew

Giovanni Battista Bertucci Sr., “Noli me tangere” with Saints Peter and Andrew
Documented between 1495 and 1516, wood, 175×175 cm + frame 4 cm, Inv. n. 120

This work depicts the “Noli me tangere” episode from the Gospel with Christ between St. Peter and St. Andrew in pink robes with green capes. St. Mary Magdalene is kneeling in front of Christ in supplication. In the background is the Renaissance gateway to a city and some human figures.

The inclusion of the Arch of Constantine, and the composition in general, call attention to the influence of the Roman artistic setting. The reference to Rome and its artistic landscapes are certainly not surprising, if we consider that precisely during those years the Seigniory of the Manfredi was coming to an end and Faenza was becoming a part of the Papal States.

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