Italian, Lombardy - Processional Cross, early 15th century

Italian, Lombardy

Processional Cross, early 15th century

Gilded copper, iron, and rock crystal on a wood core, 32.8 x 26.2 cm (12 15/16 x 10 5/16 in.) overall

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Object details

Accession number

M27w44

Object Case

Ecclesiastical Case

Provenance

Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from the dealer Theodor Einstein & Co., Munich on 16 August 1897 for 66 marks through her husband, John L. Gardner, Jr. (1837–1898).

Dimension Notes

Depth: 7.4 cm at the head of Christ

Bibliography

Catalogue. Fenway Court. (Boston, 1903), p. 24. (as "Byzantine Cross")
Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 240. (Spanish Gothic, 15th 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. 19, 48-50 figs. 24-25, 78-81, cat. 9.


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Commentary

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