The Crucifixion

Pietro Lorenzetti Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 635

Lorenzetti imbued this familiar biblical subject with a new sense of pathos and dramatic intensity. Details such as the piercing of Christ’s side with a spear, the breaking of the legs of the thieves, and the Virgin swooning into the arms of her companions ensure an emotional response from the viewer. Lorenzetti creates a strong sense of shared human experience by placing his figures in pairs or groups, allowing us to imagine the various reactions that were felt by witnesses of the Crucifixion.

#2676. The Crucifixion



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The Crucifixion, Pietro Lorenzetti (Italian, active Siena 1320–44), Tempera and gold leaf on wood

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