Burial of Christ

AUTHOR: Jacopo Negretti known as Palma il Giovane


CHURCH: Church of San Giacomo dall’Orio

POSITION: old sacristy – entrance wall (on map n°14)

METHOD: oil painting on canvas

The chapel of the Holy Sacrament was erected by an anonymous architect, between the last decade of the XVI century and 1604, the year that Ridolfi saw it completed.

On the lateral walls there is a pictorial series by different artists narrating the Passion of Christ. The dating of paintings is uncertain, but it is surely after 1598, the year in which Nicolò Laghi’s scripture was published (+ 1612) on the Miracles of the Holy Sacrament, where the iconographical source was known.

The two paintings, Via Crucis and the Burial of Christ are by Jacopo Palma il Giovane, historically dated between 1598 and 1604.

The Via Crucis summarises in a simultaneous scene the evangelical narration in different moments, adopting a formal compositional style close to those experimented by Tintoretto. However, there is a greater reference to a Tiziano-like model, who was dear to Palma, in condeming the Burial, and the landscape on the left that burns with sunset light.