MANTEGNA, Andrea
(b. 1431, Isola di Carturo, d. 1506, Mantova)

Christ as the Suffering Redeemer

1495-1500
Tempera on panel, 78 x 48 cm
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

This devotional painting, intended for a private apartment, is ascribed to Mantegna's Roman period. In it Christ displays his wounds as a reminder that he died for us on the Cross. The finely worked sarcophagus on which Christ is leaning is a clear demonstration of Mantegna's skill. He was in fact commissioned to design the tomb of Barbara of Brandenburg, who died in 1481, but this project was never executed.