Deposition of Christ with the Three Maries
23.3 cm (9 3/16 in.)
(Vicenza, 1556 - after 1630, Vicenza)
Medium and Support:
Pen and brown ink with brush and brown wash over black chalk on cream antique laid paper, laid down
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund, 1988
Alessandro Maganza was the first and most accomplished of a family of artists that dominated late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Vicenza. Their paintings generally offer a prosaic interpretation of Tintoretto’s dynamic design, dazzling illumination and broad execution. More distinctive and convincing, their drawings give an angular path a sharper edge to Veronese’s pen work. Recalling both Tintoretto and Veronese’s treatments of the Deposition, this sheet is a fine example.