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The Crucifixion

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The American painter Benjamin West wrote that the Italian artists he met in Rome in the 1760s "thought of nothing, looked at nothing, but the work of Pompeo Batoni." Batoni based his dramatic style on classical sculpture and on the art of Renaissance masters such as Raphael. His rich color,...

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Private collection, Genoa (?) [see note 1]. 1987, Carlo Sestieri, Rome; 1987, sold by Sestieri to Heim, London and Old Masters (Paintings and Sculptures) Ltd., London; 1987, sold by Heim and Old Masters, Ltd. to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 24, 1987) NOTES: [1] According to Edgar Peters Bowron, "Pompeo Batoni's 'Allegory of Peace and War' and other subject pictures," in Studi di Storia dell'Arte in onore di Denis Mahon, ed. Maria Grazia Bernardini et al. (Milan: Electa, 2000), p. 360, n. 5, the painting is said to have come from a Genoese collection.

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Henry H. and Zoe Oliver Sherman Fund



99.06 x 74.93 cm (39 x 29 1/2 in.)

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Oil on canvas