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Christ on the Cross with Angels, Sun, and Moon, c. 1460-1470

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French art historian Emile Mâle noted that in the fourteenth century, the crucified Christ was shown convulsed into an exaggerated S-curve, with his legs sharply bent. As preoccupation with Christ's suffering grew, artists decided it was more moving to portray a stretched figure with pronounced ribs, as in this marvelous metalcut.

The colorist's hand-painting was less successful here than in the 1499 woodcut Christ on the Cross with Mary and Saint John; the angel hovering near the side wound appears to have nothing to collect in his chalice, confusing the sense of this print.

Details
Title
Christ on the Cross with Angels, Sun, and Moon
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.68.87
Provenance
Angiolini, Milan "F" unidentified; Knoedler & Co., 1926
Catalogue Raisonne
Sch. V & V111.2468 Heitz 73/18
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