This sculpture was originally part of a life-sized Crucifixion group and intended to be seen with two more statues, a crucified Christ and a standing Virgin. Multi-figured ensembles in wood belong to a vigorous tradition in central Italy extending from the 1200s to the 1400s. Most commonly, these groups represent the Deposition (Christ being lowered from the cross) or the Lamentation (Mary cradling the dead Christ on her lap). Crucifixion groups consisted of a central sculpture of Christ on the cross flanked on his right by the Virgin Mary and on his left by Saint John the Evangelist. Such groups were often displayed during Holy Week in Italy and Spain.

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  • Title: Saint John the Evangelist
  • Date Created: c. 1400
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 156.2 cm (61 1/2 in.)
  • Provenance: R. Stora; (Baron Edouard des Courières, Tangier, Africa).
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1960.75
  • Medium: polychromed walnut
  • Department: Medieval Art
  • Culture: Italy, Tuscany, late 14th-early 15th century
  • Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
  • Collection: MED - Gothic
  • Accession Number: 1960.75

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