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About the painting

Descent from the Cross was painted in 1521 by Florence artist Rosso Fiorentino (1494-1540). It is in Pinacoteca Comunale, Volterra, Italy.

In this early painting Rosso departed from the milder conventions of traditional classicism and High Renaissance art creating a disturbing scenario by using contorted poses and violent colors. With this and other paintings Rosso helped launch the style known as Mannerism in 16th-century Italy, a style which soon spread to France, eastern Europe, Germany, and The Netherlands.
Descent from the Cross by Rosso Fiorentino, 1521