Siena

MARCO ROMANO (circle of)

(Active from the end of the 13th century; documented in 1318)

WORK TITLE

Christ on the Cross

DATE OF THE WORK

Circa 1310

MATERIAL

Polychromed fruitwood (possibly pearwood)

MEASURES

29 x 21 x 5 cm

RICHIEDI INFORMAZIONI

DESCRIPTION

The small sculpture of Christ on the cross provides precious testimony of Sienese art at the beginning of the 14th century and it extraordinarily preserves the original cross of the Arbor vitae. Since the restoration work has only recently been completed, the artwork is still being studied and is thus presented here with a preliminary critique. The juxtaposition of this artwork to the larger Crucifixions by Marco brings to light a significant relevance of one to the other, both from a stylistic as well as from a typological point of view. Furthermore, Marco’s Crosses are also carved in a hard wood (a walnut block) that permits greater detail in the calligraphy. Similarities can be found in the athletic silhouette of the bodies and in their treatment, especially in the low rib cage, in the partition of the abdomen, in the folds of the loincloth that are asymmetrically oriented towards their left, in the wavy cuffs bundled on the hips, and in the geometrical treatment of the hair.

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