Artist: Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri) (Italian, Bologna 1581–1641 Naples)
Medium: Oil on copper
Dimensions: 20 7/8 x 14 3/4 in. (53 x 37.5 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, Walter and Leonore Annenberg Acquisitions Endowment Fund, European Paintings Funds and funds from various donors; Mr. and Mrs. Mark Fisch and The Reed Foundation Gifts; Gwynne Andrews Fund; Elaine Rosenberg Gift; The Edward Joseph Gallagher III Memorial Collection, Edward J. Gallagher Jr. Bequest; Marquand Fund; Museum Purchase Fund; Peter Tcherepnine Gift; The Camille M. Lownds Fund; Stephenson Family Foundation Gift; Ruth and Victoria Blumka Fund; Earl Kiely Bequest; and The Morse G. Dial Foundation, 2005 CINOA Prize and Diane Carol Brandt Gifts, 2008
Accession Number: 2008.72
This beautifully preserved picture was painted by Domenichino a year after he moved from his native Bologna to Rome. The composition repeats that of a large altarpiece designed by Annibale Carracci for the church of San Francesco a Ripa, Rome (now in the Louvre, Paris) and this explains why, in the past, the picture was ascribed to Annibale rather than to Domenichino. Annibale greatly admired the talent of his young assistant, who in this picture outstripped his master in creating a mood of restrained but poignant grief. The turbaned figure of Joseph of Arimathea with an urn was Domenichino's personal interpolation.