The Crucifixion

Attributed to Ugolino da Siena Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 601

Famous in Florence as well as Siena, Ugolino was a close follower of Duccio di Buoninsegna, from whom he derived his remarkable sense of color and use of gesture and expression, creating an effect at once lyrical and tragic. The presence of Saints Francis and Clare in the powerful painting indicates that it belonged to a Franciscan friar or nun, or possibly to a member of a lay Franciscan group who associated especially closely with the Crucifixion because of its associations with the Stigmatization of Saint Francis, when the saint received marks on his body resembling the wounds Christ received at his execution.

The Crucifixion, Attributed to Ugolino da Siena (Italian, Siena, active by 1317–died ?1339/49), Tempera on wood, gold ground

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