The Crucifix - Mark Gacek

This gallery includes representations of religious-based sculptures focused on the Crucifix with Jesus Christ's body. Unlike other Christian denominations, Catholics use Christ's body on the cross as it not only represents Jesus' resurrection, but it also represents his suffering, while other Christian denominations mainly use the cross to remind them of his resurrection.

This 13th century statute of Christ crucified is of the Romanesque style, and it contains Gothic symbols that focus on Christ as being human. This statue is made out of polychrome wood from Catalonia, Spain. The shape and proportion of this statue directs your eye to the head, as the torso is curved in and the head is quite large.
This statute of Christ's crucifixion made from painted and gilded wood in 1360 in Wrocław, Poland focuses on Christ pain and suffering He endured during The Passion. This statue uses lines and color as blood is seen dripping down His arms, face, and body. Texture is also used as His body is in a shriveled-like state.
This Crucifix made out of limewood in 1510 uses more realistic features to accurately depict Christ at the time of Crucifixion. Lines and color are used again to depict what occurred to Christ. The red lines of blood can be seen all over His body to show his bleeding during his death. Texture is used in this statue more prominently in the Crown of Thorns to suggest that the crown is very hard and painful.
This poplar based Crucifix made in the early 16th century is much more "organic," as it more clearly represents the actual Crucifixion with wood at about 9 feet tall and 6 feet long. The brown color of the statue creates uniformity and emphasizes the "organic" nature of the statute as well.
This Crucifix by José Rafael Aragón created around 1795-1862 from pine, leather, gesso, and water-based paints contains many more symbols throughout The Cross than most do. One major difference and symbol in this statute is the Sacred Heart of Christ at His feet, and the cherub faces at each hand of Christ.
This Crucifix by Núñez Delgado, Gaspar in 1599 consists of ivory, ebony, mahogany, silver, and polychromy. This Spanish sculpture is a type of Baroque. This realist piece intricately defines Jesus' expressions while hanging on The Cross. The color contrast helps the Body of Christ stand out of the Crucifix itself.
This non-tradition Crucifix by Byzantine Orthodox created in the 16th century is a much more scaled down version of the Crucifix; however, it does not lack detail by any means. In the very intricately carved olive wood, Jesus can be seen in the center surrounded by apostles as if they are holding Him up.
This larger-than-life ivory sculpture of Jesus crucified was created in the Portuguese colony of Goa in west India in the 18th century. This statue is extremely detailed with the features of Christ, from the protruding bones from malnutrition to the hollow holes in the feet and hands of Christ.
This small statue of Cristo (Crucifix) by José Benito Ortega was created from 1880-1907 with wood and paint. It is very round on the sides and flat overall in shape with its features as strait jagged lines that represent ribs. This statue has the letters "INRI" clearly inscribed at the top of The Cross, which - translated into English - means "Jesus the Nazarene, the King of the Jews."
This last piece, which is obviously is not a Crucifix, is The Mourning Virgin Mary that was at her son's feet as he suffered and died on the cross. This piece was made by Tilman Heysacker from 1480-1490 out of painted oakwood. The position of Her arms in the cross-like form over her womb is a way of showing Her protecting nature as she witness Her son die on The Cross.
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