The Descent from the Cross, Giulio Clovio (1498-1578).

Tempera on vellum, 26cm by 18cm.

Clovio, who was born in Croatia, was an illuminator, miniaturist and painter; considered to be the greatest illuminator of the Italian High Renaissance.

He is perhaps best known for his masterpiece, the Farnese Hours, which contains twenty-eight exquisite miniatures of mostly Old and New Testament scenes.

It was completed after nine years, in 1546, for his patron Cardinal Farnese in Rome.


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