CHRIST (CORPUS CHRISTI). COPPER, ENAMEL, TEXTILE, WOOD. LIMOGES, FRANCE, 12TH-13th CENTURIES.

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Reference: ZF0359

Romanesque Christ Copper, enamels. Limoges, France, XII-XIII centuries.
On a wood and textile back support stands a Christ Crucified copper, crowned, with his face raised and his jet eyes open, with a long purity cloth (more backwards) and decorated with glazes in blue tones. , with two nails (one in each hand) and one support for the feet (with two other nails). The figure maintains a straight posture, and a very schematized anatomy, as well as the expression of the face.
Although normally these Crucifixes were in a composition with more figures or in some piece (processional cross, casket, etc.), it is more common that only the figure is conserved. Compare this piece with others preserved in prominent institutions: Christ with a processional cross from around 1190 of the MNAC of Spain, piece with stones from the 13th century from the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, another dated in the 13th century from The Walters Museum with a similar posture at present, one at the Art Institute of Chicago dated 1200-1210 (January 1943.79), one from the Metropolitan Museum of Art with the purity cloth in blue tones (inv 25,120,441), etc.
They are known as Limoges enamels to a series of metal pieces (copper, silver, gold) of religious theme decorated with the technique of champlevé enamel using a series of colors (blue, green, white ...), inherited or inspired by the works of the Monastery of Silos (Spain), and with a great height in all Europe in the XII and XIII centuries. The production had already declined for 1370, when the sacking of Limoges by the English took place. However, towards the end of the 15th century it emerged again, but with the technique of "painted enamel" and clearly Renaissance models."


· Size: 18x2,5x22 cms.

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