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Arezzo, San Domenico

Cimabue Crucifix

This masterpiece is controversial because it is believed to be one of the artist's unsigned works

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The only artwork we have to date with Cimabue’s signature is the mosaic in San Giovannni, in the Pisa Duomo.
However art critics have unanimously attributed other unsigned artworks to Cimabue. These are: two large crucifixes on wood (one for the San Domenico Church in Arezzo, made in circa 1265-1268; the other for Florence’s Santa Croce, made in circa 1272).
The composition is similar to that of Cimabue’s predecessors, like Giunta Pisano and Coppo di Marcovaldo, however in Cimabue, the figure of Christ is more original. Cimabue did not use the narrative apparatus that was customary at the time in the lateral panels, the arms, the feet and the cymatium of the cross.
He only inserted the figures of the Virgin Mary and Saint John in the panels at the end of the cross’s arms. Cimabue’s attention seems fixated on the figure of Christ, which has a high degree of plasticity thanks to the artist’s strong use of the chiaroscuro. As a result, the body of Christ seems more like a wood sculpture than a non-dimensional painting.
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