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Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:English
Title:Crucifixion
Date Made:ca. 1440
Type:Sculpture
Materials:alabaster
Place Made:United Kingdom; England; Nottingham
Measurements:overall: 19 11/16 x 6 1/2 x 2 in.; 50.0063 x 16.51 x 5.08 cm
Narrative Inscription:  unsigned, undated
Accession Number:  SC 1957.34
Credit Line:Purchased
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art
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Currently on view

Description:
thin crucified Christ at upper left with kneeling angel at feet, Virgin at lower right and two smaller figures between her and Christ; religion - Christian

Label Text:
The crucified figure of Christ is the focus of half of an alabaster panel that was made in a workshop in north-central England, near Nottingham. This region was famous in the fourteenth through sixteenth centuries for sculptures carved out of alabaster, a soft stone that was easy to cut and quarry. The very softness, though, made the panels susceptible to breakage.

Originally, the figure of the Virgin was placed on the left, facing St. John the Evangelist, who survives on the right. The bad thief is visible above him, and the good thief, who was saved, would have been seen on the other side. Small angels collect Christ’s blood in chalices. The group, which most likely formed the center of an altarpiece made up of multiple panels, was once highlighted with colorful paint and gilding.

Tags:
religion; deaths; Christianity; women; men

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