unknown Lucchese or Pisan artist
Crucifix , Christ , Cross , Jesus
This under-life-size painted wood crucifix, made in the late Trecento, is currently housed in the Museo di Villa Guinigi in Lucca. The cross is modern, the hands have been heavily restored, and the original polychromy only survives in the head and part of the loincloth. The crucifix is similar to others from the same time, especially one in the parish church in Seano, and they both are likely by the same artist or workshop (possibly a Pisan follower of Nino Pisano or possibly a Lucchese artist). As is typical of crucifixes from this time, Christ's suffering is emphasized by his emaciated body, hanging low from painfully thin arms in a y-shape on the cross, ribs protruding and abdomen concave. The face, in contrast, is noble and calm, with symmetrically curling hair over a high forehead, suggesting Christ's divinity. The dimensions may have allowed this crucifix to be carried in processions. Photograph(s) licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.