The Tomb of a Bishop

A work made of etching on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on paper.

Date:

1540/45

Artist:

Battista dell’ Angolo del Moro (Italian, c.1515-c.1573)
after Parmigianino (Italian, 1503-1540)

About this artwork

During the Counter-Reformation, the sense of touch influenced religious experience as much as if not more than sight. In this etching of a bishop’s elaborate sculptural resting place, the sorrowing putti embrace the effigy of the deceased and weave their hands and arms in and out of holes in the base of the sarcophagus. Parmigianino’s elongated bodies accentuate the tactility of the composition and contribute to the composition’s emotional resonance. While the bishop’s identity remains unknown (and he may have been imaginary), the monumentality of his sepulchre and the relief panel below showing his investiture hint at his historical importance.

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Artist

Battista dell' Angolo del Moro

Title

The Tomb of a Bishop

Origin

Italy

Date

1540–1545

Medium

Etching on paper

Dimensions

360 x 252 mm

Credit Line

Charles Greene Fund

Reference Number

1960.338

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