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The Blessing Christ, the Mourning Virgin, the Mourning St. John the Evangelist
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The Blessing Christ, the Mourning Virgin, the Mourning St. John the Evangelist


Description Conservation Provenance Credit
Description These fragments originally adorned a monumental crucifix. The Blessing Christ would have appeared at the top, while Mary and John the Evangelist would have occupied the left and right ends of the cross's horizontal beam. Pietro da Rimini imitated the naturalistic figural style of Giotto, the famed Florentine painter, but also excelled at combining dazzling colors and stylized expressions for dramatic effect. The exaggerated facial features of Pietro da Rimini's figures ensured that their expressions would be comprehensible even when suspended high above the floor. In a recent innovation that demanded the worshiper's imagination, the open mouths of Mary and St. John suggest the sound of their lamentation.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Examinationexamined for condition
12/31/1969Treatmentcleaned; other
1/06/1951Treatmentcleaned; examined for condition; loss compensation; other; varnish removed or reduced
1/06/1951Treatmentexamined for condition; inpainted; other; varnish removed or reduced
1/06/1951Treatmentexamined for condition; other; varnish removed or reduced; x-ray
4/15/1987Examinationexamined for condition; other
5/01/1987Treatmentinpainted; loss compensation; other
11/01/2001Examinationexamined for condition
11/13/2001Treatmentexamined for condition; other; surface cleaned; varnish removed or reduced
1/01/2002Treatmentother
1/07/2003Examinationcleaned; examined for condition; other; varnish removed or reduced
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [1881 catalogue: no. 6, 7, and 8, as Cimabue; 1897 catalogue: no. 39, as Giotto]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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Period
1340-1349 (Medieval)
Medium
tempera and gold leaf on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.634
Measurements
Christ painted surface H: 17 13/16 x W: 16 1/4 x D: 1 1/2 in. (45.3 x 41.2 x 3.8 cm); The Virgin painted surface H: 17 3/16 x W: 15 3/4 x D: 1 1/4 in. (43.7 x 40 x 3.2 cm); St. John painted surface H: 17 7/8 x W: 15 13/16 x D: 1 1/2 in. (45.4 x 40.2 x 3.8 cm) Overall: 17 13/16 x 16 3/16 in. (45.24 x 41.12 cm)
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