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Crucifixion

ca. 1932-1937 William Edmondson Born: Nashville, Tennessee 1874 Died: Nashville, Tennessee 1951 limestone 18 1/8 x 11 x 6 1/8 in. (46.1 x 30.5 x 15.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Elizabeth Gibbons-Hanson 1981.141 Smithsonian American Art Museum
1st Floor, West Wing


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Stonecarver William Edmondson began making gravestones for the African-American community in and around Nashville, Tennessee, around 1927. He used a railroad spike as his chisel, hammering local limestone into geometric grave markers as well as sculptural forms of animals and people. Edmondson created at least four versions of Christ on the cross. He usually portrayed Jesus as strong, muscular, and resilient. This work presents a softer, younger version, yet the figure remains upright and aware, in keeping with his symbolic role in African-American art as one who brings deliverance and freedom.

Keywords

Religion - New Testament - Christ

Religion - New Testament - Crucifixion

sculpture

folk art

stone - limestone

About William Edmondson

Born: Nashville, Tennessee 1874 Died: Nashville, Tennessee 1951

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