Mar 8, 2007
Oct 27, 2005
Oct 27, 2005

Corpus from a Crucifix

Corpus from a Crucifix

c. 1130–1140

Polychromed wood

Overall: 111.1 x 20.2 x 7.8 cm (43 3/4 x 7 15/16 x 3 1/16 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1980.1


By the 11th century, monumental crucifixes carved from wood and painted were a common feature of church interiors. Placed on or suspended above the main altar, they reminded viewers of Christ’s sacrifice on behalf of mankind at the Crucifixion, an event reenacted every time Mass was celebrated on the altar below. Crucifixes also invited prayer and meditation on Christ’s role as Redeemer. This fragmentary but finely carved corpus, or body of Christ, once belonged to such a crucifix.

See also
MED - Gothic
Medieval Art
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