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Crucifixion with the Virgin and Saints John the Evangelist and Mary Magdalene

Niccolò di Segna, Italian (active Siena), documented 1331 - 1348

Made in Siena, Italy, Europe

Early 1330s

Tempera and tooled gold on panel with vertical grain

13 5/8 x 5 5/16 inches (34.6 x 13.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 310, European Art 1100-1500, third floor (Giorgi Family Foundation Gallery)

Accession Number:
Cat. 90

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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The 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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