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Crucifix

Artist: Umbrian Master (probably from Spoleto)
(active in the first half of the13th century)

Date: ca. 1230–1240
Medium: wood
Dimensions: height: 161 cm
Classification: sculpture
Acquisition Credit: transferred from The Museum of Applied Arts, 1950
Inventory Number: 51.930
Department: Sculpture

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Crucifix

This early depiction of the dead Christ on the cross, the Christus patiens, may be dated to the beginning of the 13th century on the basis of its stylistic features, as well as iconographical considerations. In contrast to the foreign crucifixes, which inundated the whole of Italy at that time, this Umbrian corpus represents a local type. The carving technique resulted in a flat surface, rich with fine details. Despite its fragmentary state, the statue is an extremely powerful expression of medieval piety.