(b. 1423, Castagno, d. 1457, Firenze)

Stories of Christ's Passion

Fresco, 453 x 975 cm
Sant'Apollonia, Florence

The three scenes from the Passion (the Resurrection, Crucifixion and Entombment) are connected to each other by a group of flying angels all converging towards the figure of Christ in the centre, and by a common landscape background, which has been correctly judged "the most powerful interpretation, of the Tuscan landscape in the entire history of painting" (Berti).

The scene that has been most highly praised, and which is probably the best preserved, is the Resurrection, originally the first to the left.

The splendid synopia which was discovered when the fresco was detached from the wall is today on exhibit alongside the fresco itself.

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