This figure of the crucified Christ was originally attached to a cross and suspended above a church altar where it was visible to all during the celebration of Mass. In this version, Christ’s body appears upright with arms outstretched, as if in resurrection, in contrast to representations that depict him sagging from suspended weight. Instead of conveying suffering, his gaze expresses acceptance. The carved sculpture was originally painted in lifelike colors, traces of which remain in the wound below Christ’s ribs. Other details are more abstract, such as the patterns of parallel incisions that define his hair and beard, and the rhythmic folds of the knotted loincloth that is wrapped around his lower torso. ca. 1150-1200
Providence, Rhode Island
Rhode Island School of Design Museum; Christ; Christianity; crucifixion
RISD Museum and Harvey, Susan Ashbrook, "The Crucified Christ" (2017). Channel. 19.