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Corpus of Christ

A work made of wood with traces of polychromy.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of wood with traces of polychromy.


13th century


Spanish, Catalonia

About this artwork

This sculpture of the crucified Christ reportedly came from a church in Banyoles in northeastern Spain. It was displayed between the choir and the nave, which was the space reserved for the congregation. Originally painted and gilded, it would have provided a dramatic focal point for the faithful. Christ’s figure, with drooping head, closed eyes, and limp body, emphasizes his humanity and suffering. This resigned treatment of the crucified Christ gained currency around 1200, in contrast to more upright and triumphant representations of Christ on the cross of earlier centuries.


On View, Gallery 236


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Corpus of Christ


Catalonia (Object made in)

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Wood with traces of polychromy


201.9 × 165.1 cm (79 1/2 × 65 in.)

Credit Line

Kate S. Buckingham Endowment

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