About this artwork
This expertly cast bronze is one of the finest surviving versions of a lost silver crucifix that Alessandro Algardi made for Pope Innocent X in 1646. Algardi’s Christ displays the agonized emotion caused by his torture on the cross, yet his body appears graceful and idealized. The cross is made of stained and ebonized pearwood and appears to be original, with the drilled holes at the bottom most likely indicating its method of installation on an altar.
- Alessandro Algardi
- Made 1641–1651
- Bronze, pearwood with ebonizing and staining
- Crucifi×: 188.9 × 75.6 cm (74 × 30 in.); corpus: 77.5 × 59.2 cm (30.5 × 23 in.)
- Alyce and Edwin DeCosta and Walter E. Heller Foundation Endowment; Mrs. J. Ward Thorne Fund; purchased with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Krehbiel, Mr. and Mrs. John Jeffry Louis, III, and Harry A. Root