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Calvary

A work made of polychromed wood with gilding.
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  • A work made of polychromed wood with gilding.

Date:

last third of the 18th century

Artist:

Guatemalan

About this artwork

This scene of the Crucifixion features realistic bloody wounds and carefully painted, agonized expressions that bring the suffering of the figures to life. In addition, the eyes of the mourners are reverse-painted glass, giving them a lifelike sheen. The gilded decoration of the costumes incorporates the so-called estofado technique imitating gold embroidery. Small in scale, this group was likely intended for use in a private setting, such as a home, convent, or monastery.

This work reinterprets the famous life-size sculpture group of the Christ of Esquipulas, begun in 1595 for an altar in Guatemala and still venerated by millions of worshippers annually. While makers of the work here are unknown, the style of the carving and polychromy tie it to the Guatemalan school that was one of the most important centers for sculpture production in 18th-century Latin America.

Status

On View, Gallery 212

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Title

Calvary

Medium

Polychromed wood with gilding

Dimensions

88.1 × 63.5 × 27.9 cm (34 11/16 × 25 × 11 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of the Colnaghi Foundation

Reference Number

2018.372a-g

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