Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Coppo di Marcovaldo, Crucifix

Coppo di Marcovaldo, Crucifix

Coppo di Marcovaldo, Crucifix (c. 1260) is a prime example of the elements that were incorporated during the Italo-Bryzantine style of art. The piece is marked with shallow and stylized lines the were heavily featured at the time. There are some lines that were added to possibly create a 3-D effect, but the image as a whole is not realistic as an accurate portrayal of the human form. This style of portraying the body unrealistically was a hallmark of Italo-Bryzantine art.  Marcovaldo's use of episodic boxes to tell the entire story of the Crucifixion , as the boxes show Jesus Christ  from the betrayal of Judas to his Ascension at the very top, was also a key aspect of this generation of art. Furthermore, the subject matter is deeply religious. For me this is a strange piece of art, the style of today is far more realistic making this artwork appear foreign to me.

A biography of Marcovaldo

An analysis of Crucifixes from the era


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