The Crucifixion

Matteo di Giovanni (Italian, c. 1435-1495)1470s

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

This small picture belonged to a predella, a series of subsidiary panels consisting of narrative scenes and situated at the bottom of an altarpiece. Predella paintings are significant because the artist was allowed more freedom and inventiveness here than in the higher part of the altarpiece. In this Crucifixion scene, the harmony of colors, the monumentality of the figures, and the symmetry of the composition all reflect the classical spirit of Renaissance Italy. Moreover, the panel shows some characteristics of the traditional Sienese school—such as the quality and elegance of the lines—which persists in Giovanni’s works.

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  • Title: The Crucifixion
  • Creator: Matteo di Giovanni (Italian, c. 1435-1495)
  • Date Created: 1470s
  • Physical Dimensions: Framed: 39.4 x 38.1 x 4.5 cm (15 1/2 x 15 x 1 3/4 in.); Unframed: 29.8 x 31 cm (11 3/4 x 12 3/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Chaff coll., Paris; Baron Michel Lazzaroni, Paris (1890s) sold to John Fairfax Murray, Florence; (Knoedler, 1929)
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1940.535
  • Medium: tempera and oil with gold on wood panel
  • Department: Medieval Art
  • Culture: Italy, Siena, 15th century
  • Credit Line: Bequest of James Parmelee
  • Collection: MED - Medieval Art
  • Accession Number: 1940.535

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