Author or Workshop:Spanish sculptor
Characteristics:Spain, 1410-40 ca. Poplar carved and painted
Dimensions:Height 110 cm - Width 89 cm - Depth 20 cm
Provenance:Private collection, France
The Christ, made in poplar, is still in excellent condition, with the 95% of the original painting. The original painting came out after a very long and precise cleaning. The Christ has been represented still alive, with the eyes almost open and with a calm and realxed face. The muscels are relaxed, and all body is ‘ready to go in peace’. The thong, blue and white, has been made very elegant, to contrast the painting of the body. Jesus is ready to died and to breath for the last time; we can appreciate the blood coming out for the chest and from the face, but not too much. The all body is very proportionate and elegant; the body is thin, with long and tigh legs and arms; the torso is also thin, well carved expecially in the ribs, ready to breath. The color of the body is well painted and the tight belly contrasts the white and blue thong. The Christ is represented with the left leg a bit naked: that kind of detail dated the Christ at the end of XIV century and beginning of XV century. The new era, the end of the middle-age, puts the man in the center of the universe, and the art wants to express the ‘humanity’ also in the iconic figures: the body is still stiff but the dramatic side of the middle-age is very low. Jesus is not anymore the son of God, but is represented as a man, suffering but ready to accept the final destination. The all details, the legs, the hands, are typical of the spanish middle-age. We can compare this beautiful Crucifix with some important paintings exhibited in the Museu Nacional de Catalunya.