Crucifix

On either side of the crucified Christ are the Three Maries and Saint John the Evangelist, with the centurion who recognised at the Crucifixion that Christ was the Son of God. The words 'Rex Gloriae' on the cross, mean 'King of Glory'.

This type of crucifix was often painted on both sides and carried in religious processions. It may also have contained a relic or relics in the round cavity seen above Christ's head.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active 1272
Full title
Crucifix
Date made
about 1265-70
Medium and support
Egg tempera on poplar
Dimensions
91.8 x 70.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought with contributions from The Art Fund and an anonymous donor, 1965
Inventory number
NG6361
Location in Gallery