(b. ca. 1549, Verona, d. 1625, Venezia)
Man of Sorrows1577-78
Marble, 85 x 115 cm
San Giuliano, Venice
This marble relief is a detail from the Altar of the Sacrament. Indebted to Sansovino, this early relief depicts Christ supported by two angels, a favourite image in Venetian painting. It contains a dexterous manipulation of sources - ancient, central Italian and Venetian. The lyrical forms are grounded in nature, whereas the drilling of the angels's hair is from the antique. Its elegance and serenity recall the tone of Veronese's paintings.