Date: ca. 1200–1220

Culture: North Italian

Medium: Wood with polychromy

Dimensions: Overall (Christ): 75 5/8 x 76 1/4 x 11 1/4 in. (192.1 x 193.7 x 28.6 cm)
Cross: 89 1/8 x 80 1/2 x 1 in. (226.4 x 204.5 x 2.5 cm)

Classification: Sculpture-Wood

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1947

Accession Number: 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.