Cross - inv. 1444

Titolo: 
Cross
Numero di Inventario: 
1444
Tipologia: 
metalworks
Collezione: 

Jewellery

Classe iconografica: 
Religious
Parole chiave soggetto: 
incarnation
original sin
passion
Notizie storico-critiche: 
 

 

Motivo attribuzione: 
stylistic analysis
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Limoges, last quarter of the 12th century
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Limoges
France
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Periodo: 
1100
Materia e Tecnica: 
gilt copper
enamel
Data di Ingresso: 
1879
Acquisizione: 
Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest
Tipo di collocazione: 
on display
Collocazione: 
Jewelry Room

This cross is one of the finest surviving examples of sacred jewellery from twelfth-century Limoges. Of the original decoration, which once covered both sides, only five plaques of the principal side remain. They are decorated with polychrome enamels on gold leaf incised with a pattern of volutes, branches and leaves. The enamel decoration, executed in the champlevĂ© techinique, depict Christ crucified in the middle; above, an angel; below, Adam emerging from the grave with the arms outstretched towards the Saviour and Saint Peter with the keys. At the sides of Christ are the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist. 

This iconography constitues a true technological compendium, which evokes original sin (Adam), the Incarnation (The Vergin), the Passion of Christ and the founding of the Church (Saint Peter).

Masterpiece: 
false
AC/DC: 
DC