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The Resurrection

The Resurrection

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Zoppo was a painter and draftsman active in Padua, Venice, and Bologna, a friend of Andrea Mantegna, and an artist admired in humanist circles. In this rare, large scale drawing of about 1465, Christ has risen from the tomb while three guards slumber, oblivious to the event. The statuesque figure of Christ, based on Donatello's Saint John the Baptist of 1438 (Frari, Venice), moves directly toward us and raises his hand to give his blessing, a composition of great immediacy. Zoppo, like Mantegna, crisply defined the forms with strokes of dark wash and white heightening. The paper has darkened somewhat, but the evocative chiaroscuro effects indicate he intended to represent this miraculous occurrence at night. Previously attributed to Andrea Mantegna, the drawing is now generally recognized as the work of Zoppo: a similar study by the artist can be found in the Keeling Saint now in the British Museum, London (inv. 1875,0710.1039). (CCB, 1999)
Marco Zoppo (Marco Ruggeri known as Lo Zoppo) (Italian, Cento 1431/32 – ca. 1478 Venice)





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