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Camerino Triptych (Triptych of Saint Domenico)

Carlo Crivelli

The work came to the Pinacoteca from the Church of San Domenico in Camerino in 1811 after Napoleon’s spoliations. The composition comes from the polyptych of “Santi belli” executed in 1480 by Niccolò di Liberatore for the church of San Venanzio in Camerino, which in its turn is part of the typical Camerinese tradition.

While transferring it, the original frame, which probably contained other scenes, was lost. Two of those scenes, the Announcing Angel and the Virgin Annunciate, also came to the Pinacoteca but were exchanged for other paintings.

Two parts of the predella, however, remained at the Pinacoteca. As for the later Madonna della Candeletta, Crivelli engraves tiny decorative details, indulges in bold foreshortenings, and reveals a unitary and modern space beyond the archaic structure of the polyptych. However, this work, dated 1482, seems generally less exuberant and more natural.

Download hi-res image TITLE Camerino Triptych (Triptych of Saint Domenico)
AUTHOR Carlo Crivelli
DATE 1482 - 1483
OBJECT TYPE AND MATERIAL Tempera on panel
DIMENSIONS I Santi Pietro e Domenico cm 167 x 63; Madonna con il Bambino cm 190,5 x 78; i Santi Pietro Martire e Venanzio cm 167 x 61,8; i Santi Antonio Abate, Girolamo e Andrea cm 26 x 62; i Santi Giacomo, Bernardino e il beato Ugolino Malagotti da Fiegni (?) cm 26 x 62
INVENTORY 155-350-351
ROOM XXII
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