Crucifixion: textile fragment

late 14th century

Object Place: Florence, Italy


42 x 28.6 cm (16 9/16 x 11 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and cotton plain weave embroidered with silk and gilded-silver cotton yarns

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Deep cream colored linen ground. Central figure of Christ on the Cross flanked at left by the Virgin Mary and two attendant women and a group of soldiers on horseback, at the right by St. John the Evangelist and a group of soldiers, some on horseback. Background of foliate scrolls, worked with polychrome silks and metallic threads in slip, stem, knot and couching stitches. Most of metallic thread now disappeared, much of silk thread now disappeared.


By 1900, Leopold Iklé (b. 1838 - d. 1922), St. Gallen, Switzerland; 1922, to his son, Fritz Iklé (b. 1877 - d. 1946), St. Gallen; sold from the Iklé collection to Adolph Loewi (d. 1977), Venice and Los Angeles; 1943, sold by Loewi to the MFA for $3000. (Accession Date: May 13, 1943)

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund