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ID number:  BIRBI-49.5
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Italian
Title / Object name:  Crucifix
Object type:  Art object
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  about 1125-50
Materials:  Bronze
Measurements:  32.7 x 22.1 cm
Provenance:  Purchased from F.A. Drey, February 1949, for £1,000

This crucifix was perhaps made in Tuscany. It is incised with the Madonna, St John and an angel on the recto (front), and symbols of the Four Evangelists and the Lamb of God on the verso (back). In medieval churches, a crucifix was often attached to the top of a major altarpiece, or placed above a rood screen that separated the public nave from the church sanctuary.

1 Related Publications

Deutscher Verlag fur Kunstwissenschaft, Berlin
Bloch, Peter
Deutscher Verlag fur Kunstwissenschaft, Berlin
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