The National Galleries of Ancient Art present for the first time a recently rediscovered masterpiece of Giorgio Vasari at the headquarters of Galleria Corsini in Rome: the Cristo Portacroce, created for the banker and collector Bindo Altoviti in 1553.
The painting is one of the vertexes of the production of the artist from Arezzo and one of the last paintings made in Rome before his departure for Florence.
The discovery is due to Carlo Falciani, an expert Vasari painting expert, who recognized him in the painting recorded by Vasari in his book of the Recollections, indicating the date and the name of the prestigious recipient.
The painting bears witness to a very important moment in the Roman activity of Vasari, at the service of Pope Julius III and his circle.
Reported in its context, the work turns out to be an exemplary case to understand the work practices of Giorgio Vasari and the peculiar characteristics of his highly successful "manner".