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Christ Blessing

Christ Blessing

Date : approx. between 1512 and 1515

Material : Oil painting on wood
Acquisition : Layard Bequest (1916)
National Gallery - London
Venice and the Veneto
Sainsbury Wing
First Floor - Section 62
Item 14 on 17
Italian Painting

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The image of the Salvator Mundi (Savior of the world) was popular in Venice. The frontality of the pose is striking. Christ's gesture of blessing was changed by Antonello to make the hand more foreshortened. This demonstrates his skill and increases the drama. The change is now visible. Originally it would not have been.
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Christ Blessing
Andrea Previtali