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The Crucifixion and Saint Christopher
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The Crucifixion and Saint Christopher


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Description These panels were the folding wings of a small triptych: paintings on three attached panels used for private devotion. An image of the Virgin and Child would probably have occupied the central panel. One of the wings illustrates the most famous episode in the legendary St. Christopher's life, when he helped a child cross a river by carrying him on his shoulders: Christopher found the small child to be incredibly heavy, only to discover that he was, in fact, Jesus. The opposite panel shows the Crucifixion with the mourning Mary and John the Evangelist. During the earlier part of the 14th century, Pisa nourished a rich, diverse artistic environment, where a unique painting style emerged out of the cross-influences from the schools of Siena and Florence.
Exhibitions
  • The International Style: The Arts in Europe Around 1400. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1962.
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [1897 catalogue: no. 28, 29, as Tuscan School, 14th century]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] On cross: IHS XPS.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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Period
ca. 1340 (Medieval)
Medium
tempera and gold on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.724
Measurements
Left wing painted surface H: 14 5/8 x W: 4 15/16 x D: 3/8 in. (37.1 x 12.5 x 1 cm); Right wing painted surface H: 14 13/16 x W: 5 5/16 x D: 3/8 in. (37.7 x 13.5 x 1 cm)
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