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Unidentified Artist
Christ Crucified
about 1820
painted wood with hair
52 3/8 x 36 3/4 x 6 7/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquistion Program

Related to a long-standing tradition of New Mexico carvings, this sculpture is remarkable for its pathos. The elongated limbs, emaciated torso, and sunken chest emphasize the suffering of the crucified Christ. A similar crucifixion, probably by the same artist, is still venerated in a chapel in Cubero, New Mexico.

Vinculada a una larga tradición de tallas de Nuevo México, esta escultura es notable por su intenso dramatismo. Las extremidades alargadas, el torso enteco y el pecho hundido acentúan el sufrimiento del Cristo crucificado. Un Cristo similar, probablemente del mismo artista, todavía se venera en una capilla de Cubero, Nuevo México.


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