Corpus of Christ

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

Image actions

  • A work made of wood with traces of polychromy.

Date:

13th century

Artist:

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

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 236

Title

Corpus of Christ

Origin

Catalonia

Date

1200–1299

Medium

Wood with traces of polychromy

Dimensions

201.9 × 165.1 cm (79 1/2 × 65 in.)

Credit Line

Kate S. Buckingham Endowment

Reference Number

1926.120

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share