Crucifix

“We were all lost like a herd, every one followed its way; God threw on him the    wickedness of all of us.  Mistreated, he let himself be humiliated and he didn’t say a word; he was like a lamb brought to the slaughterhouse, like a silent sheep in front of its shearers, and he didn’t say a word”. (Isaia 53,6-7)

Crucifix can be defined as the representation of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion.

Even if already known in the pre-christian age, this symbol has become over the centuries the main symbol of passion and redemption, as well as a jesture of faith typical of the Christian religion.

The representation of the Passion of Christ has always been giving a rise to the description of a wide range of emotions and feelings that cannot be represented in other so immediate and clear ways.

The role of Jesus’ crucifixion in the western culture is obviously fundamental, even if people have always been disputing on its history. It represents a cultural symbol of a great influence in our history. Moreover, the formal sign itself of cruxifition, the cross, has become a symbol still very used in the cultures deriving from Christianity. 

After the bizantine domination, Italian art has introduced crucifixes. They show Christ on the cross who is represented alone, despite what it is said in the Gospel.

In crucifixion, Christ is no more wearing the colobio, the tunic of the Christian monks, but he is wearing a cloth round his sides.  He is represented still alive, with an expressive face, a fixed glance and his limbs are relaxed in an unreal way. 


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