LIPPI, Filippino
(b. ca. 1457, Prato, d. 1504, Firenze)

Deposition from the Cross

c. 1506
Panel, 333 x 218 cm
Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence

After Filippino Lippi's death in 1504, the Servites of SS. Annunziata in Florence commissioned Perugino to complete Lippi's Deposition from the Cross. Recent technical investigation reveals that Lippi finished only the men on the two ladders and that Perugino completed the rest, including the figure of Christ. Workshop copies demonstrate that Perugino followed Lippi's underdrawing fairly closely. However, he deleted some details and overlaid Lippi's Magdalen with one of his stereotypical poses of restrained, reflective piety.