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Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Artist: Unknown

Processional Crucifix (from the Church of Sant Miquel de Prats, Canillo, Andorra)

ca. 1150–1200


129.5 × 91.5 × 13 cm (51 × 36 × 5 1/8 in.)
Gift of the Associates in Fine Arts at Yale
Catalan wood carvers were among the most expressive artists working in Europe in the late Middle Ages. Unfortunately, the original effect is muted because this crucifix has lost its brilliant color. Jesus Christ is shown triumphant on the cross, victorious over death. In the 1200s this image would become less popular, giving way to depictions of Christ suffering or dying on the cross as can be seen in the paintings in the gallery by Guido da Siena and Bonaventura Berlinghieri.
Made in Catalonia
Spanish School, Catalonia
12th century

Sant Miquel de Prats, Andorra; Arthur Byne, Madrid, Spain (–1930); Yale University Art Gallery (1930–)


Walter B. Cahn, “Romanesque Sculpture in American Collections: III, New England University Museums,” Gesta 8 (1969): 63–65, no. VI. 1, fig. 16a; 16b.

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