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Christ on the Cross

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Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi), Christ on the Cross, ca. 1500, tempera on wood, Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, public domain, 61.54

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Title

Christ on the Cross

Artist

Sandro Botticelli (Italian, 1444/1445-1510)

Date

ca. 1500

Period

High Renaissance (late 15th-1520s)

Medium

tempera on wood

Dimensions (H x W x D)

27 7/8 in x 15 3/4 in

Collection Area

European Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

Florentine

Credit Line

Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Accession Number

61.54

Copyright

public domain

Terms

Christ

cross

Crucifixion of Christ

paintings

Samuel H. Kress Foundation

tempera

wood

Location

Belluschi Building

Ayer Wing

2nd Floor

Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery

Description

Botticelli is best known for his poetic mythologies, but late in his career, under the influence of the puritanical religious reformer, Savonarola, he turned to highly expressive and often archaic religious themes. His use of a cut-out silhouette seems to have been inspired by an earlier type of devotional image, the painted crosses of the 13th and 14th centuries. This work may have been used as a processional cross, but since it is painted on one side only, it was more likely intended for placement on the wall over an altar.

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