BOCCATI, Giovanni di Piermatteo
(b. ca. 1420, Camerino, d. 1487)

Crucifixion

c. 1440
Tempera gold and silver on wood, 33 x 25 cm
Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino

Boccati introduced this type of small paintings for private devotion into Umbria and the Marches, specializing in images of the Crucifixion. Aside from the present example, four others survive.

The structure of this Crucifixion scene is unusual with its off-central axis. There is some uncertainty over whether this small panel was originally an independent work or was joined with another painting to form a diptych. The composition suggests that the artist was familiar with an early Netherlandish compositional prototype probably associable with Jan van Eyck.