(b. ca. 1280, Siena, d. 1348, Siena)

Deposition of Christ from the Cross

c. 1320
Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

The picture shows one of the scenes representing events after the death of Christ painted by Pietro Lorenzetti in the south transept of the Lower Church. It is located on the left side of the arch, below the Descent into Limbo.

Christ would stand far taller than any other figure. His white corpse was once even more dramatically contrasted to his companions, who were originally mostly dressed in blue. Applied a secco, this blue pigment has now flaked off. Pietro, with the corporeal realism encouraged by Franciscan meditation, has imagined the separate rivulets of blood from hands and feet joining in a complex stain.