Giovanni Battista Della Rovere - inv. 3373

Giovanni Battista Della Rovere (c. 1561-c. 1630)

Our Lady of Sorrows and Two Angels Bearing the Holy Shroud
22 x 35,8 cm
1972 donation Paolo Cornaggia Medici
Inv. 3373

not on display
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This curious object must have been created for private worship. Painted on silk and enhanced with gold highlights, it shows the Virgin flanked by two angels who are holding up the Holy Shroud, conserved in the cathedral of Turin. It was undoubtedly realised in the Piedmontese city by the workshop specialised in reproductions of the Shroud, where Giovanni Battista della Rovere worked with his father Gerolamo.
Gerolamo had been granted the privilege of reproducing the famous reliquary by Carlo Emanuele I in 1606.

The attribution of this work to Giovanni Battista della Rovere is supported by comparison with another work on silk, painted by the same artist, which shows the Sepoltura di Cristo [Burial of Christ], now in the Galleria Sabauda in Turin.