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Cross; wooden sculpture by Brunelleschi; Basilica of S. Maria Novella

Cross; wooden sculpture by Brunelleschi; Basilica of S. Maria Novella

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Cross; wooden sculpture by Brunelleschi; Basilica of S. Maria Novella

Cross; wooden sculpture by Brunelleschi; Basilica of S. Maria Novella Florence Basilica of S. Maria Novella Crucifix, Sculpture Early Renaissance, Renaissance, Renaissance-Baroque styles and periods, Europe, First and Second Millennium A.D.. Date of Photograph:1929. Date of Artwork:1425-1430. Artist:Brunelleschi, Filippo

Alinari, Fratelli

Media ID 33108247

© Alinari Archives, Florence

Crown Of Thorns Inscription Instrument Or Object Jesus Christ Christ Child Parts Of The Body


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This photograph captures the essence of a timeless masterpiece: the wooden sculpture of the Cross by Brunelleschi, housed in the magnificent Basilica of S. Maria Novella in Florence. The image transports us back to 1929 when it was taken, allowing us to marvel at this extraordinary artwork that dates back even further, created between 1425 and 1430. The sculpture itself is a testament to Brunelleschi's genius and mastery of his craft during the Early Renaissance period. It exudes an air of solemnity and reverence as it depicts Jesus Christ on the cross, adorned with a crown of thorns. Every intricate detail is brought to life through Alinari's lens – from the inscription on the cross to every contour of Christ's body. The composition highlights not only the beauty but also the emotional intensity conveyed by this piece. The play of light and shadow adds depth, emphasizing each delicate feature while creating an atmosphere that invites contemplation. As we gaze upon this photograph, we are reminded not only of its artistic significance but also its historical context. This work represents a pivotal moment in European art history as it bridges multiple styles and periods – from Renaissance to Baroque – showcasing how art evolved over time. Alinari has skillfully captured both the physicality and spiritual power emanating from this sculpture. Through their lens, they have preserved for eternity a snapshot that encapsulates centuries worth of human emotions - faith, devotion, suffering - all embodied within one remarkable wooden creation. This print serves as a window into our past; it allows us to appreciate not just Brunelleschi's craftsmanship but also humanity's enduring fascination with religious iconography throughout different eras.

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