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Crucifix

Master of Montelabate, Italian (active Umbria), documented 1285; active 1280-90

Geography:
Made in Italy, Europe

Date:
c. 1285

Medium:
Tempera on panel

Dimensions:
74 x 68 1/4 inches (188 x 173.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 201, European Art 1100-1500, second floor (Lila Wallace--Reader´s Digest Fund Gallery)

Accession Number:
W1952-1-1

Credit Line:
Purchased with the W. P. Wilstach Fund, 1952

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Label:
In the 1200s, the Franciscans popularized the use of large, painted crucifixes like this one, which were often mounted on rood screens that divided the nave from the sanctuary of a church. Though the dying Christ's figure follows the model of a famous crucifix then in the Franciscan's principal church in Assisi, this painting was not made for a Franciscan church, but probably for the church of a nearby monastery of another religious order. At Christ's feet kneels the donor who ordered the painting. He does not wear a Franciscan friar's simple tunic, but the rich robes of an abbot.

Provenance

With Salvatore Romano, Florence; sold to PMA, 1952.


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