Angelo da Pietrafitta
Crucifix , Cross , Christ , Jesus
This crucifix by Friar Angelo da Pietratta was made in 1680 for the devotion of the Capani family. Friar Angelo da Pietratta is known to have made over thirty crucifixes. Here, Christ's numerous wounds are rendered realistically in sculpted three-dimensional detail and vivid polychromy. This graphic rendering of Christ's wounds forces the undeniable truth of his corporeal suffering upon the viewer. Perhaps this sculpture was the focus of devotions upon Christ's wounds -- people would meditate upon his wounds in graphic detail, sometimes counting them or his drops of blood. On either side of Christ are two putti. The Virgin Mary and Saint Mary Magdalene stand at the bottom of the cross. Above Christ is a depiction of God the Father, with the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove before him, forming the Holy Trinity with Christ below. Photograph(s) licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.