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Head of Christ the Redeemer Gian Giacomo Caprotti detto Salai (1480-1524)

Head of Christ the Redeemer

Gian Giacomo Caprotti detto Salai (1480-1524)

  • TITLE

    : Head of Christ the Redeemer
  • AUTHOR

    : Gian Giacomo Caprotti detto Salai (1480-1524)
  • DATE

    : 1511
  • TYPE

    : Painting
  • TECNIQUE

    : Oil on panel
  • DIMENSIONS

    : 57.5 × 37.5 cm
  • SUBJECT

    : Sacred art
  • SCUOLA PITTORICA

    : 16th century Lombard painting
  • ROOM

    : Aula Leonardi

This is the latest donation received by the Ambrosiana, under the heading Il Caprotti di Caprotti. At the bottom right-hand corner of the panel a date (1511) and an inscription, with the name “Salai”, are clearly visible: this was the nickname given by Leonardo da Vinci to one of his favourite pupils, Gian Giacomo Caprotti, who was often used as a model in his master’s studio. Critics discuss about whether or not this is the artist’s signature on the painting (which would thus be attributed to Caprotti), or if this is a portrait of Salai, who would thus have lent his face as a model for the work. In any case, this panel depicts a religious subject (the face of Christ the Redeemer), as indicated by three iconographic signs which, as though forming a cross, appear behind the head, suggesting a sort of halo of the Trinity.

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  • TITLE

    Head of Christ the Redeemer
  • AUTHOR

    Gian Giacomo Caprotti detto Salai (1480-1524)
  • DATE

    1511
  • TYPE

    Painting
  • TECNIQUE

    Oil on panel
  • DIMENSIONS

    57.5 × 37.5 cm
  • SUBJECT

    Sacred art
  • SCUOLA PITTORICA

    16th century Lombard painting
  • ROOM

    Aula Leonardi

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