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Crucifix Umbrian Master (probably from Spoleto)


Umbrian Master (probably from Spoleto) active in the first half of the13th century

Culture Italian
Date ca. 1230–1240
Object type sculpture
Medium, technique wood

161 × 32 cm

Inventory number 51.930
Collection Sculpture
On view This artwork is not on display

This early depiction of the dead Christ on the cross, the Christus patiens, may be dated to the beginning of the 13th century on the basis of its stylistic features, as well as iconographical considerations. In contrast to the foreign crucifixes, which inundated the whole of Italy at that time, this Umbrian corpus represents a local type. The carving technique resulted in a flat surface, rich with fine details. Despite its fragmentary state, the statue is an extremely powerful expression of medieval piety.


Balogh, Jolán, Katalog der ausländischen Bildwerke des Museums der bildenden Künste in Budapest, IV – XVIII. Jahrhundert: 1. Textband Bd. 1, Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 1975, p. 41., no. 24.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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