Salvator Mundi

Artist: Domenico Fetti (Italian, Rome (?) 1591/92–1623 Venice)

Date: ca. 1622–23

Medium: Oil on wood

Dimensions: 23 1/2 x 17 1/4 in. (59.7 x 43.8 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Dianne Modestini, in loving memory of Mario Modestini, 2007

Accession Number: 2007.91


The picture was painted in Venice for Count Francesco Gambara of Brescia. Fetti had moved to Venice from Mantua following a fight with a fellow painter. He was a master of loose brushwork, as this late work testifies. It shows Christ seated in clouds above a landscape, his left hand on an orb, his right raised in blessing, as he directs his gaze towards the viewer. The playful cherubs—especially the one peeking out beneath his blue cloak—and the illusionistic character of the composition are a sort of homage to the work of the great sixteenth-century painter Correggio.