The Crucifixion

Artist: Fra Angelico (Guido di Pietro) (Italian, Vicchio di Mugello ca. 1395–1455 Rome)

Date: ca. 1420–23

Medium: Tempera on wood, gold ground

Dimensions: 25 1/8 x 19 in. (63.8 x 48.3 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Maitland F. Griggs Collection, Bequest of Maitland F. Griggs, 1943

Accession Number: 43.98.5

Description


Dating from the very early 1420s, this exquisitely painted work has gained broad consensus as an early work by Fra Angelico—one of the presiding figures of Renaissance art. It is a work of astonishing invention: the circle of Roman soldiers and their horses, each posed differently; Christ’s mother, who has fainted; her grieving companions (one in a strongly foreshortened pose); and the figure of Christ, which derives from a famous carved Crucifix by the sculptor-architect Brunelleschi. It was probably intended for private devotion.

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