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Bronzino, The Descent of Christ Into Limbo

Published on January 31, 2007 10:23 PM | Comments

I was in Santa Croce a few weeks ago, and in the Refectory, where the Cimabue crucifix hangs, there was a new exhibit set up in the middle of the space. One of the paintings is Bronzino's "The Descent of Christ Into Limbo". This work was "lost" in the Santa Croce complex since the flood of 1966 or before - it was previously removed from the church itself when Vasari made alterations to the piazza end of the building. It was only "discovered" again in 2003 and had been in restoration since - and what a restoration it has been. The painting is on a giant panel made up of several pieces of wood (over 4 meters tall) and was badly damaged by the flood. It has been skillfully restored to such a brilliance that it looks brand new. If you visit Santa Croce make sure to visit this part of the complex and see this striking work by a mature Bronzino.

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