(b. 1720, Napoli, d. 1793, Napoli)

Dead Christ Lying in the Shroud

Marble, life-size
Santa Maria della Pietà dei Sangro, Naples

Baroque sculpture continued to be produced throughout Italy and beyond well into the eighteenth century. Sammartino's strikingly gruesome Dead Christ Lying in the Shroud seems unaffected by fashions in art after 1700.

This work had originally been commissioned from the Venetian sculptor Antonio Corradini, who, on his death in 1752, left only a terracotta model. Sanmartino interpreted the model very freely and produced a work of skilful realism, displaying great virtuosity in the execution of a transparent veil that covers the whole body of the reclining Christ.

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