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Crucifix

A crucifix is an object in the form of a cross used for devotional purposes which can be carved, cast, enamelled or painted to represent the Crucifixion of Christ.

Crucifixes can vary enormously in size, ranging from miniature works for individuals to wear around their necks to large versions made to be carried in processions or suspended above an altar in a church.

Crucifixes play an important part in the lives of saints; one is said to have spoken to Saint Francis, and the example which miraculously appeared between the horns of a stag before Saint Eustace resulted in his conversion to Christianity; see the 'The Vision of Saint Eustace' by Pisanello, in the Collection.

The Vision of Saint Eustace
Pisanello
about 1438-42
 
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