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- Series: Passion of Christ
Plate 1: the entry into Jerusalem; Christ, riding a donkey and approaching from the right, blesses the crowd rushing towards him; in the background, draped figures on a hill. before 1697
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Height: 454 millimetres
Width: 341 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- From a series of thirteen (or fourteen?) plates depicting the Passion of Christ.
The set is now thought to have been engraved after designs by Jacques Stella rather than by Poussin.
Indeed, Claudine Stella's will (1697) states that she owned a series of thirty paintings by Jacques Stella depicting the Passion, and that although she had intended on reproduce them, she had only been able to engrave ten plates (entry into Jerusalem; Last Supper; Jesus washing the Apostles' feet; the prayer at Gethsemane; capture of Christ; Christ before Annas; St Peter's denial; Christ before Caiaphas; Christ mocked by the soldiers; Christ led to Pilate). She bequeathed these paintings and these plates to her cousin Michel de Masso and explicitly asked him to engrave or to commission the engraving of the remaining plates. It is believed that De Masso or one of his heirs then replaced Jacques Stella's name by that of Poussin.
For practical reason, the whole series is kept under the name of Claudine Stella.
See Anthony Blunt 'Jacques Stella, the De Masso family and falsifications of Poussin', Burlington Magazine vol. CXVI, December 1974, pp.744-749.
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