Crucifijo

  • Unidentified, Crucifijo, 19th century, carved and painted wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Teodoro Vidal Collection, 1996.91.54

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Carvings of the crucified Christ were popular subjects of santeros, artists who created santos, carved wooden images of saints. In this figure, Christ’s limp body looks as if it is shifting, emphasizing the excruciating pain of having his hands and feet nailed to the cross. Such images of extreme suffering are related to the rites of the penitentes in New Mexico and to the tradition of carving saints’ images.

Title
Crucifijo
Artist
Date
19th century
On View
Dimensions
22 1/4 x 5 7/8 x 4 1/4 in. (56.5 x 14.8 x 10.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Teodoro Vidal Collection

Mediums
Mediums Description
carved and painted wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Religion – New Testament – Christ
  • Religion – New Testament – Crucifixion
Object Number
1996.91.54
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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