Crucifix

Dutch
17th century
1625–30


Object Place: Europe, Flanders

Dimensions

Base: H. 13 1/2 in.; D. 16 in. Cross: H. 37 1/2 in.; W. 16 in. Overall height: 51 in.

Accession Number

1973.40a-b

Medium or Technique

Ivory or bone

On View

Alyce Morrissey Gallery (Kunstkammer) (Gallery 143)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

This imposing object presents the muscular and suffering body of Christ on the cross. Exaggerated veins and dripping blood and a very symmetrical, frontal presentation of the body of Christ make for an especially pathetic image. The white ivory stands out against the black ebony of the cross, and the base includes the skull and bones that refer back to the biblical figure of Adam. Gilt bronze mounts punctuate these precious materials, making for a lavish whole.

Provenance

The Chigi-Albani family, Rome [see note 1]. By 1971, consigned by Artibus, London to Heim Gallery, London; 1972, sold by Heim Gallery to Randolph J. Fuller, Boston; 1973, gift of Randolph J. Fuller to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 10, 1973)

NOTES:
[1] According to the catalogue of a 1971 exhibition at Heim Gallery, London.

Credit Line

Gift of Randolph Fuller