European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Crucifixion with the Virgin and Saints John the Evangelist and Mary Magdalene
Niccolò di Segna, Italian (active Siena), documented 1331 - 1348
Tempera and tooled gold on panel with vertical grain
Cat. 90John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelThe pelicans' nest at the top of the cross refers to Christ's sacrifice for humanity. According to legend, the pelican pierces its breast to feed its offspring its own blood.
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