(Venice, ca. 1465-70 – 1525/26)


Christ Blessing
(Christ as Salvator Mundi)


Oil on panel

14 ¾ x 12 ½ inches
(28.5 x 24 cm)




Private Collection, Venice

Sold, with a Certificate of Free Circulation from the Italian State, Florence, Pandolfini, October 15, 2013, lot 10, as Workshop of Vittore Carpaccio


The present unpublished painting is a notable addition to the work of Vittore Carpaccio, representiong a hitherto unknown treatment of the theme of Christ Blessing, which Carpaccio treated several times in his career.  As is now evident after its recent cleaning, the painting is in exceptionally fine condition and of superb quality.  Carpaccio’s authorship has been confirmed by Prof. Peter Humfrey and Prof. Mauro Lucco, who has authored an accompanying catalogue entry on the painting, in which he dates the panel 1507/8.  Prof. Humfrey, who recently (October 13, 2016) examined the painting in New York, concurs with that dating.