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Daniele Crespi
Milan, ca. 1600-1630
Ecce Homo, ca. 1623
Oil on canvas.
This picture demonstrates Crespiís rapid development toward an original and compelling style. The composition is related to a painting by Caravaggio, and the bold contrast between light and dark, or chiaroscuro, reflect a deepening naturalism. The refined design, evident in the subtle alignments of limbs, recalls contemporary Florentine painting. Both the palette and the striking differentiation of paint handling, (compare Christís flesh with Pilateís sleeve), are freshly informed by Rubens. However, by now these elements have been thoroughly synthesized and reconciled with the tendency of the Milanese school toward intense, subjective expression. This, Crespiís mature style, is remarkably sound in form and authentic in feeling.