Crucifix (Núñez Delgado)

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Crucifix by Gaspar Núñez Delgado.jpg
Artist Gaspar Núñez Delgado
Year 1599
Type Sculpture
Dimensions 67.9 cm × 8.3 cm × 36 cm (26.75 in × 3.25 in × 14 in)
Location Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis

This 1599 crucifix by Spanish artist Gaspar Núñez Delgado is located in the Indianapolis Museum of Art, which is in Indianapolis, Indiana. Made of ivory, ebony, mahogany, silver, and polychromy, it displays Núñez Delgado's mastery of human anatomy and human pain.[1]


This crucifix, created at the turn of the century, marks a notable transition in Núñez Delgado's artistic style, from elegant Mannerism to the more robust Baroque style. Jesus's suffering is depicted with soul-searing intensity, making it a powerful devotional object. It is also quite costly: the cross is ebony inlaid with mahogany heartwood and the figure of Christ is carved from ivory. There are several splashes of color, in the red blood, brown hair, and green crown of thorns. The silver plaque below His feet is inscribed with the artist's name and year. The titulus reads "This is Jesus the King of the Jews" in Hebrew and Greek.[2]


The crucifix was acquired in 1995, by exchange with Walter E. and Tekla B. Wolf. It currently hangs in the William L. and Jane H. Fortune Gallery and has the accession number 1995.24.[3]


Gaspar Núñez Delgado was a Spanish sculptor active in Seville from 1576-1606. His style was heavily influenced by Jerónimo Hernández. He worked in primarily in wood, clay, and ivory. His masterpiece is the 1606 altarpiece of John the Baptist in the convent of San Clemente.[4]

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  1. ^ "Crucifix". Web Gallery of Art. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Lee, Ellen Wardwell; Robinson, Anne (2005). Indianapolis Museum of Art: Highlights of the Collection. Indianapolis: Indianapolis Museum of Art. ISBN 0936260777. 
  3. ^ "Crucifix". Indianapolis Museum of Art. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Gaspar Núñez Delgado". Biografias y Vidas. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 

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