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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Carlo Crivelli, Italian (Venice, Italy 1430/35 - before 1495 Ascoli Piceno, Italy)
Restored by Luigi Cavenaghi, Italian (Caravaggio 1844 - 1918 Milan)
The Dead Christ between the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist
Work Type
c. 1475
Creation Place: Europe, Italy, Marches
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Tempera on panel transferred to canvas with major overpainting
66.4 x 64 cm (26 1/8 x 25 3/16 in.)
frame: 80.6 x 73.3 x 7.6 cm (31 3/4 x 28 7/8 x 3 in.)
Count Augusto Caccialupi collection, Macerata, after 1870, sold [through his sale, Rome, 1907, lot 232]; to Reverend Robert Jenkins Nevin sold [through his sale, Rome, April 14-22, 1909, lot 170]; to [Gioacchino Ferroni] sold; to [Ercole Canessa (Paris and New York, until 1923?)] sold; to [Walter L. Ehrich, New York, January 25, 1924] for Arthur Sachs, New York, January 28, 1924, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1924
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Arthur Sachs
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Luigi Lanzi, Storia pittorica della Italia, Giuseppe Remondini (Bassano, 1795-1796), p. 15

Dan Fellow Platt, "Una Pietà del Crivelli", Rassegna d'Arte (1906), VI, no. 2, p. 30, p. 30 and reproduced in b/w p. 30

Catalogo della vendita della collezione del fu Reverendo Dottor Roberto I. Nevin, auct. cat., Galleria Sangiorgi (Rome, 1907), no. 232, repr. as tavola 11

Ferroni Sale, auct. cat. (Rome, Italy, 1909), p. 24

J. A. Crowe and G. B. Cavalcaselle, A History of Painting in North Italy, ed. Tancred Borenius, Charles Scribner & Sons (New York, 1912), Vol. 1, p. 95 n. 12

Laudedo Testi, La storia della pittura veneziana, Istituto Italiano d'Arti Grafiche (Bergamo, 1915), pp. 638-39, 384

Raimond Van Marle, The Development of the Italian Schools of Painting, M. Nijhoff Publishers (The Hague, 1923-1938), p. 18

Catalogue of a Collection of Counterfeits, Imitations and Copies of Works of Art, exh. cat., Burlington Fine Arts Club (London, England, 1924), p. 44

Margaret E. Gilman, ed., Fogg Art Museum Notes, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, 1926), pp. 77-81

Franz Drey, Carlo Crivelli und seine Schule, Bruckmann Verlag (Munich, 1927), pp. 61, 73, 131

A.C.J., "Paintings by Carlo Crivelli in Boston and Cambridge", Bulletin of the Museum of Fine Arts (1930), Vol. XXVIII, no. 166, pp.22, 24, 25

Bernard Berenson, Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: a list of the principal artists and their works, with an index of places, The Clarendon Press (Oxford, England, 1932), p. 161

Hans Tietze, "The Psychology and Aesthetics of Forgery in Art", Metropolitan Museum Studies (August 1934), vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 1-19, pp. 9-10; repr. as figs. 9, 10, 11

Sheldon Keck, "Is Restoration Necessary?", Magazine of Art (1937), Vol. 30, no. 6, p. 341

Pietro Zampetti, Carlo Crivelli nelle Marche, Istituto statale d'arte (Urbino, 1952), pp. 26, 66

Pietro Zampetti, Carlo Crivelli, Aldo Martello Editore (Milan, 1961), p. 98

Anna Bovero, ed., Tutta la pittura del Crivelli, Rizzoli Editore (Milan, 1961), pp. 45, 77-78

Edward Waldo Forbes, Yankee Visionary, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1971), pp. 124-127, repr. in b/w

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri, Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1972), p. 60

Anna Bovero, L'opera completa del Carlo Crivelli, Rizzoli Editore (Milan, 1975), p. 98

Pietro Zampetti, Carlo Crivelli, Cassa di Risparmio di Fermo (Florence, 1986), pp. 258, 302

Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum: A Summary Catalogue including Paintings in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), pp. 18-19, fig. 5-7 (intro), repr. b/w; pp. 103, 312, repr. b/w cat. no. 604.

Pierluigi de Vecchi, Itinerari crivelleschi nelle Marche, exh. cat. (1997), pp. 70-71

Jaynie Anderson, ed., Collecting Connoisseurship and the Art Market in Risorgimento Italy: Giovanni Melli an Pietro Zavaritt (1866-1872), Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti (Venice, 1999), p. 53

Ronald Lightbown, Carlo Crivelli, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT, and London, 2004), pp. 381-382, repr. as fig. 174

Francesca Bewer, A Laboratory for Art: Harvard's Fogg Museum and the Emergence of Conservation in America, 1900-1950, Harvard Art Museum and Yale University Press (U.S.) (Cambridge, MA, 2010), p. 110-111, fig. 3.16

Mauro Minardi, "Studi sulla collezione Nevin: i dipinti veneti del XIV e XV secolo", Saggi e memorie di storia dell'arte (2012), vol. 36, pp. 335-40

Stephen J. Campbell, Ornament & Illusion: Carlo Crivelli of Venice, exh. cat., Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Paul Holberton Publishing (London, 2015), pp. 180-182, cat. no. 16, repr. p.181

Exhibition History

Exhibition of a Collection of Counterfeits Imitations and Copies of Works of Art, Burlington Fine Arts Club, London, 01/01/1924 - 12/31/1924

Ornament and Illusion: Carlo Crivelli of Venice, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, 10/22/2015 - 01/25/2016

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