Crucifix

  • José Mondragón, Crucifix, 1971, carved wood with leather, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.257

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José Mondragón created many images of the Crucifixion. The letters “INRI” on top of the cross translate as “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” In this piece, Mondragón carved the head, body, and legs from a single piece of wood, then added the arms separately. The figure’s calm expression and pose show the strength of Jesus’s faith, even at the end, and the small drops of blood on his face are the only clue that he is experiencing any pain.

Title
Crucifix
Artist
Date
1971
On View
Dimensions
30 5/16 x 16 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (77.0 x 41.9 x 9.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
carved wood with leather
Classifications
Keywords
  • Religion – New Testament – Crucifixion
  • Religion – New Testament – Christ
Object Number
1986.65.257
Palette
Linked Open Data
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