The John R. Van Derlip Fundexpand_more 2015.69a-d
Jesus has died, nailed to the cross, while his mother Mary and friend Saint John the Evangelist mourn below. The artist presents the scene in ways characteristic of Romanesque sculpture: the figures are massive and heavy, but the expressive lines of the draperies add a sense of lightness and abstraction. This somber group was made around 1180 for a church in northern Spain or southern France, probably along the Catholic pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, in Spain. Installed above a doorway or on a decorative column, it likely stirred the hearts of thousands of religious travelers. To acquire a highly important work of Medieval art has long been identified as a primary objective in Mia’s Collections Development Plan. This work also helps build up our collection of Spanish sculptures.