This intimate portrayal of Christ’s death on the cross probably formed the right wing of a diptych, or two-paneled altarpiece. The left wing would most likely have depicted a Madonna and Child. The diminutive size of the panel suggests the possibility that the diptych was meant to be portable, for use in a domestic or private devotional setting. The three mourning figures solicit an emotionally charged response from the viewer.
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- Titles Crucifixion with the Virgin Mary, St. John the Evangelist, and St. Mary Magdalene (Proper)
- Artist Allegretto Nuzi, Italy, Fabriano 1316/20 - 1373/74 Fabriano
- Medium tempera on panel
- Dimensions 9 3/16 x 6 3/16 in. (23.3 x 15.7 cm) frame: 13 3/4 × 10 3/4 × 2 7/8 in. (34.9 × 27.3 × 7.3 cm)
- Credit Line Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1961.113
- Work Type painting
- Classification Paintings
- On View
- Signature None
- Marks None
- Inscription Verso, upper right, cradle slat, black crayon: 11131-F Verso, upper right, cradle slat, black marker: 10255.M. [marked through] Backing board, top center, black stamp: 1197 Backing board, upper right, white chalk: 10255 [marked through with black line] Backing board, upper right, black crayon: 11131 Backing board, center, white chalk: 48 Backing board, center, black marker: B.M.A.61.113 Backing board, center, white chalk: 48 Backing board, lower center, white chalk: 1/7 Backing board, bottom left, typed label: (1197) / Crucified Christ bet.Mourning Mary, St. / John and Kneelig Magdalen. On panel. / By Alegretto Nuzi, Umbrian, 1346-1373. / Form. in Count Marinucci Coll., Rome. / [illegible] Backing board, bottom center, black stamp: 1197
- Provenance Enrico Marinucci, Rome, as late as 1934 [see note 1]. With Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi (1878-1955), Florence; purchased by Samuel H. Kress (1863-1955), New York, September 1, 1939; on loan to the Birmingham Museum of Art, 1952; gift of the Kress Foundation to the Birmingham Musuem of Art, 1961
1. According to the bill of sale from Contini-Bonacossi to Kress dated September 1, 1939 that is in the curatorial files of the Birmingham Museum of Art and Suida, Wilhelm. “Italian Primitives in the Marinucci Collection in Rome.” Apollo 20 (September 1934): 120.