Double-Sided Processional Cross
Master of Monte del Lago
Both sides of this ornate crucifix depict Christ on the Cross, with blood pouring from his wounds. In the scene with Mary Magdalene prostrate at his feet, he is still alive, with his left eye open. The other side depicts him after death, with both eyes closed and accompanied by a pelican at the top symbolizing his final sacrifice and Resurrection. The object is now on a base, but the fact that it has an image on both sides indicates that it originally must have been attached to a pole and carried in religious processions, allowing viewers to sequentially experience two different moments in the same narrative.
Tempera and gold on panel
2nd quarter of the 14th century
39 1/16 x 16 9/16 x 4 5/8 in. (99.2 x 42.1 x 11.7 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of Mary Babbott Ladd, Lydia Babbott Stokes, and Frank L. Babbott, Jr. in memory of their father Frank L. Babbott
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Master of Monte del Lago (Italian, School of Umbria, second quarter 14th century). Double-Sided Processional Cross, 2nd quarter of the 14th century. Tempera and gold on panel, 39 1/16 x 16 9/16 x 4 5/8 in. (99.2 x 42.1 x 11.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mary Babbott Ladd, Lydia Babbott Stokes, and Frank L. Babbott, Jr. in memory of their father Frank L. Babbott, 34.845 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 34.845_side1.jpg)
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