May 7, 2012

Crucified Christ

Crucified Christ

c. 1480-1500

Pot metal, white glass with silver stain (with later composite glass)

Overall: 86.9 x 43.5 cm (34 3/16 x 17 1/8 in.)

Gift of William G. Mather 1948.131


This panel would have originally been part of a much larger window. It represents the crucified Christ at the moment of death on the cross. Christ is flanked by two angels, one of which collects blood in a chalice from the wound in his right hand, a symbol of the Eucharistic wine. This potent symbol is reinforced by the scrolling vines with grapes. The window would have very likely been located behind an altar in a church where the symbolism would have resonated with the celebration of the Mass.

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