"The birth, death and resurrection of Christ: from Michelangelo to Tiepolo"
This print is an example of a devotional image being turned into a luxury object. While the majority of prints in this exhibition were made on paper, this impression is reproduced on colored silk, giving the background its blue green hue. The figure of Christ, the mourners, and the skull at the base of the cross were all hand painted, likely by the artist himself, with gold highlights added. All this comes together to make an immensely precious object.
Cornelis Cort, The Crucifixion, after Giulio Clovio, 1568, hand-colored engraving with body color, heightened with gold and white, printed on blue-gray silk. © The Trustees of the British Museum.