Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Crucifix, 1180–1230
    Said to be from a monastery near Treviso, northern Italy
    Wood with traces of paint
    Fletcher Fund, 1947 (47.100.54)

    Rather than emphasizing his pain and suffering on the cross, this image presents Christ in glory, alive, eyes wide open. He wears a full-length robe connoting his kingly and priestly rank. This type of crucifix is known as the Volto Santo (Holy Face). It is a copy of a sculpture in Lucca, Italy. The Lucca crucifix was likely made in the 700s, but medieval legend held that it was made by Nicodemus, a disciple of Jesus who witnessed the Crucifixion.

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  • Crucifix, 1180–1230
    Said to be from a monastery near Treviso, northern Italy
    Wood with traces of paint
    Fletcher Fund, 1947 (47.100.54)

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