Master of the Bertoni altar piece, Christ as the Suffering Redeemer

Master of the Bertoni altar piece,
Christ as the Suffering Redeemer

Master of the Bertoni altar piece, Christ as the Suffering Redeemer
second half of the XV century, wood, 76×53 cm + frame 8 cm., owned by the Cassa di Risparmio di Cesena, Inv. n. 207

This board of Christ as the Suffering Redeemer on a black background with a cross has a composition that draws on Nordic tradition. The image, dominated by the despondent face of Christ, is drawn with a clean line capable of attaining the highest points of formal execution, like in the draping of the loincloth or the strands of hair, or the outstanding figure of the face and torso with a luminous and limpid field of colour, or of meticulously following contours.

The work shares strong stylistic impact with the Bertoni altar piece. Colour palette, subtle anatomies, the protruding bones, the crisp folds of the loincloth, the resemblance of the face with that of St. John the Evangelist and the hands with that of the Blessed Bertoni are the main aspects of similitude.

In any case, the interest in and desire to experiment with the Ferrara stylistic idioms is evident. According to Golfieri, the painting is formally inspired by the Ferrara school and spiritually reminiscent of the Florentine style. For Anna Tambini the closest reference to this work are some models of the 1450s-1460s, which can be found in artists from Ferrara during the Late Gothic transition towards the Renaissance. In keeping with Anna Tambini’s interpretation, this Christ as the Suffering Redeemer would therefore predate the Bertoni Altar Piece.

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