Giovanni Pisano, workshop of
Crucifix , Christ , Cross , Jesus
This under-lifesized crucifix, considered to be miraculous, was carried in procession in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and later inserted into a fresco with mourners of the early sixteenth century, in order to make it into the larger narrative of the Crucifixion. The crucifix has been attributed to the workshop of Giovanni Pisano and dated to the early fourteenth century on the basis of style. As is typical of crucifixes of the period, Jesus hangs low on the cross, his arms painfully stretched, and his ribs protruding over a concave abdomen. The face is, like the body, also suffering, but made noble, with a mane of leonine hair rising over a high forehead. The Crucifix comes from Santa Maria in Ripalta but is currently housed in Sant'Andrea in Pistoia. Photograph(s) licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.