MICHELE DA VERONA
(b. ca. 1470, Sommacampagna, d. ca. 1536, Verona)

Crucifixion

c. 1500
Canvas, 335 x 720 cm
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

At one time Michele was thought to have been the pupil of Domenico Morone; today, the range of influences that went into his formation is believed to include Diana, Alvise Vivarini and the late Giovanni Bellini. Thus he was not strictly a provincial product, but operated within the sphere of a strongly archaising purism. The Crucifixion is Michele's masterpiece, with its unusual cold colour and silvery reflections.

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