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The Crucified Christ: Corpus from a Cross

Founder:
Workshop of Antonio Susini (Italian, died 1624)
Modeler:
After a model by Giambologna (Netherlandish, Douai 1529–1608 Florence)
Date:
early 17th century
Culture:
Italian, Florence
Medium:
Bronze, with medium brown lacquer patina
Dimensions:
Height: 14 in. (35.6 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.60.101
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 537
Giovanni Bologna invented two types of crucifixes that were widely disseminated through the reductions made by the Susini workshop: a Cristo vivo, and a Cristo morto that corresponds to this pose, the beautiful head sunk toward the chest. At least two examples of the Cristo morto, each about forty-six centimeters high, were produced by Giovanni Bologna in or about 1588: One was his gift to the convent of Santa Maria degli Angiolini, Florence; the other was made for the altar of the Salviati Chapel in San Marco, Florence.

[James D. Draper, 1984]

Footnotes:
[1] K. J. Watson, in Giambologna, 1529–1608: Sculptor to the Medici (exhib. cat.), A. Radcliffe and C. Avery, eds., London Arts Council of Great Britain, 1978, nos. 105, 107.
Jack and Belle Linsky (until 1982; to MMA)
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