SCHEDONI, Bartolomeo
(b. 1578, Modena, d. 1615, Parma)

The Deposition

Oil on canvas
Galleria Nazionale, Parma

The two memorable masterpieces, The Two Marys at the Tomb, and The Deposition (originally in the Capuchin church at Fontevivo, near Parma) give us cause to regret the brevity of Bartolomeo Schedoni's tormented artistic life. They show that he really would have been able to point Baroque painting in an original and intense direction. The way he blocked out gestures, used violent light and dazzling whites, combined with perfect clarity of detail to produce an almost metaphysical effect.

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