Man on a Ladder

Signorelli is celebrated for his mastery of the human form, and of foreshortening. This muscular figure, seen from below, has just removed the nails attaching Christ to the cross. It is part of a larger altarpiece depicting the Lamentation over Christ’s dead body.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1440/50 - 1523
Full title
Man on a Ladder
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on wood
88.3 × 52 cm
Acquisition credit
Accepted by HM Government in Lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the National Gallery, 2016
Inventory number
Location in Gallery