Author: Jacopo Negretti known as Palma il Giovane
DATE: 1595-1600 POSITION: presbytery - central (on map n°14) MEASUREMENT: 485 x 265 cm METHOD: oil painting
Originally the altarpiece (currently behind the altar) in the chapel "... was completely rebuilt and is a beautiful model funded by Antonio Gatto" (Stringa, 1604)
Antonio Gatto died in 1591, Stringa's mentioning and reference to Antonio Gatto properly dated the altarpiece to the last decade of that century.
This painting is considered one of the most successful and well-known works of the epoch. The scene where Christ arrives from above and seems to fall among the crowd recalls Palma il Giovane's Roman period.
The battlefield scene can also be found in the altarpiece by Taddeo Zuccaro (1563 ca.) the Frangipane in San Marcello al Corso chapel. In Palma's altarpiece the dynamic effect of Christ's movement is highlighted, and in a way surpasses the obscure light and gives a fantastic sensation to the scene.