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Christ on the Cross Flanders or Germany c.1450


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A exceptionally early and superb condition rendition of Christ on the Cross, originally from Flanders or Germany c.1450.

The emaciated bearded figures eyelids droop downwards, his features are deeply sorrowful. There is a deep wound present on Christs torso, speckled with blood, showing where the ‘spear of destiny’ entered Christ. The body is extremely emaciated, with expressively carved parallel lines representing ribs and sinewy muscles. His skin is taught and thin across his chest. Christs outstretched crucified arms and back are painted with droplets of blood from the nails of crucifixion. His hair is that of flowing ringlets, he wears a carved woven rope as a crown of thorns. He is depicted wearing a short perizonium or loin cloth.

His pale bright figure has a wonderful sculptural and luminous quality. Unusually and remarkably much of the original naturalistic polychrome remains.

This emotive figure of Christ was created to move the audience to prayer and empathy and a notion of serenity and contemplation.

A rare and exquisite example.

For reference: See print depicting “The Crucifixion with the Virgin and St John” The British Museum, Museum number 1872,0608.382 German c.1455-1500

  • Width: 90 cm (35.43″)
  • Height: 108 cm (42.52″)
  • Depth: 17 cm (6.69″)