Italian, Lombardy - Crucifix, late 15th century

Italian, Lombardy

Crucifix, late 15th century

Painted wood with remains of gilding, 170.4 x 104.2 cm (67 1/16 x 41 in.) overall


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Possibly purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from the dealer Antonio Carrer (d. 1912), Venice for 500 lire on 17 October 1892. Alternatively, it may have been purchased from the collector Emile Peyre (1828-1904), Paris for 1,710 francs on 15 November 1899, through Fernand Robert, her regular agent in Paris. This is very likely the crucifix that was hung near the Spanish Chapel for Isabella Gardner's wake in 1924.

Dimension Notes

Cross: 170.4 x 104.2 cm Corpus: 83 x 90 cm


Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 278. (probably French, 16th century or later)
Cornelius C. Vermeule III et al. Sculpture in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston: 1977), p. 148, no. 181, ill. (Spanish or French, 16th century)
Alan Chong and Giovanna De Appolonia. The Art of the Cross: Medieval and Renaissance Piety in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2001), pp. 27, 37, 90-93, cat. 12, fig. a. (as Italian, Lombardy, late 1400s)
Anne Markham Schulz. Woodcarving and Woodcarvers in Venice, 1350-1550 (Florence, 2011), p. 213, 436 fig. 133. (suggests Venetian)

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