The Crucifixion

Original Title: La Crocifissione
Date: c.1320 – c.1325
Style: Proto Renaissance
Genre: religious painting
Media: panel, tempera
Location: Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany
Dimensions: 45 x 43 cm

The images depicted in this painting are so solidly three dimensional that it seems as if you could reach out and touch them; the tears on the faces of the grieving women look as if they will fall onto the viewer. In this painting, Giotto beautifully illustrates his ability to combine aspects of traditional iconography with the flawless realism for which he was so famous. Giotto shows off his talent by draping the clothing lightly over the crucified Jesus, whose loincloth lightly sits upon his body, and drapes down across his legs as his body sinks down on the cross.
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