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Full title Polyptych: The Crucifixion and Saints
Artist Bernardo Daddi
Artist dates active 1312/20; died 1348
Date made 1348
Medium and support Tempera and gold on wood
Dimensions 155.8 × 217.7 cm
Acquisition credit On loan from The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London
Inventory number L1243
Location Room 60
Art route(s) A
Image copyright On loan from The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London, © © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London
Collection Main Collection
Polyptych: The Crucifixion and Saints
Bernardo Daddi

Signed and dated 1348, the year Bernardo Daddi died, this splendid polyptych is the artist’s last documented work. The painting was made for the small church of San Giorgio a Ruballa in Bagno a Ripoli, just south of Florence. It is designed to be understood both from afar and up close.

The central panel showcases Daddi’s abilities as a storyteller. Mary faints to the left, surrounded by Christ’s grieving followers, while a group of indifferent soldiers gamble on the right. The composition of the central panel is carefully planned so that when the priest raised the host during Mass, his raised hands would align with the painted body of Christ on the cross.

The saints who flank the central Crucifixion scene wear richly coloured and intricately gilded fabrics. Among these textiles the green-on-blue fabrics are particularly striking for their three-dimensionality, created through carefully applied layers of paint.

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