11 January, 2008

Baptism of Christ fresco by Signorelli Postcard

The back of the postcard reads:

Luca Signorelli
Battesimo (part)
The Baptism (detail)
Le Bapteme (detail)
Die Taufe

I found out that the image on the postcard is from a fresco done by Luca Signorelli. The fresco can be found in a chapel at Palazzone di Cortona. Luca Signorelli (c. 1445 - October 16, 1523) was an Italian Renaissance painter who was noted in particular for his ability as a draughtsman and his use of foreshortening. His massive frescoes of the Last Judgment (1499-1503) in Orvieto Cathedral are considered his masterpiece.



Baptism of Christ Postcard
(PH Wish from Richard Young)

Opposite the courtyard from the entrance of the Palazzone di Cortona is the Chapel, with Luca Signorelli's “Baptism of Christ”, in unfortunately bad condition. Vasari wrote of this painting that Signorelli “was not able to finish it because he died while he was working on it”. The fresco was actually not completed by him because while painting the great artist fell from the scaffolding: the work was finished by apprentices from his workshop.

SOURCES:
Luca Signorelli Wikipedia Entry
Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa: Palazzone di Cortona

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