CECCARELLI, Naddo
(active 1340s in Siena)

Man of Sorrows

c. 1347
Tempera on panel, 71 x 50 cm
Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna

This panel, probably intended for private devotion, shows the dead Christ as a half-length figure standing in the sarcophagus in a manner typical of icon painting.A lavishly embroidered cloth lines the sarcophagus, an allusion to the altar covering. In the panel the painter combines a finely worked gold ground with attempts at three-dimensional presentation. The richly ornamented frame contains eight round medallions with portraits of saints that look like miniature icons. Ceccarelli placed his signature conspicuously on the front of the sarcophagus.