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Flesh and Fabric: New Light on a Crucifixion by Pietro Lorenzetti

Presented by Harvard Art Museums at Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge MA

Oct 16 2022
Flesh and Fabric: New Light on a Crucifixion by Pietro Lorenzetti

Pietro Lorenzetti, Italian, Christ on the Cross with the Virgin and Saints Claire, John the Evangelist, and Francis (detail), c. 1320. Tempera and gold leaf on panel. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1943.119.

Among the museums’ collection of early Italian paintings, a panel by Pietro Lorenzetti stands out for its previously overlooked imagery.

At the top of a painting of a Crucifixion by Pietro Lorenzetti (c. 1280–1348), an angel holds in one hand an unfurled scroll and in the other a bloody tunic. Never previously noted, let alone explained, this unique combination of motifs provides the key to understanding the panel’s unusual imagery. It sheds fresh light on the complex nexus between art, piety, and theology in 14th-century Italy, in particular at Assisi—the site of the mother house of the Franciscan order, where the panel

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The lecture will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Doors will open at 1:30pm.


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