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Italian, Venetian: 'A Colossal Male Spandrel Figure'

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The unidentified figure looking down from the spandrel of a painted arch is probably a fragment of a mural decoration. Such a figure is likely to represent a prophet or ancestor of Christ who prefigured the New Testament subject matter in the chapel below.

The fragment has in the past been attributed to Pordenone and described as Italian School. It is now suggested that it may derive from the Veneto; this type of spandrel figure is not uncommon among the works of followers of Veronese.

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