Cristo crocifisso con sant'Andrea, san Pietro e il committente Bernardino Barbuleio
"Christ crucified with Saint Andrew, Saint Peter's and the client Bernardino Barbuleio" (Carife Foundation - Foundation of the Cassa di Risparmio di Ferrara) is a painting that Garofalo painted in 1544 for the altar of the Crucifix of the Church of San Pietro in Ferrara. As the title suggests, the commissioner of the work was Bernardino Barbuleio, poet and grammarian very close to Garofalo, that painted him at right, in an attitude of prayer. Critics have pointed to the distance of this painting from the rest of the late production of Garofalo, as of rich classical monumentality, Garofalo preferred a solid and dry compositional structure: the crosses of St. Peter and Andrew create the diagonals that ideally converge toward the figure of Christ on the cross, true focal point of the composition.
Copyrighted image: “By courtesy of MiBACT – Superintendence of Fine Arts and Landscape for the City of Bologna, Modena, Reggio Emilia, Ferrara”