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Corpus Christi (Body of Christ)
  • Belgium
    Master of the Nivelles Crucifixion
    active: Southern Netherlands (present-day Belgium)
  • Corpus Christi (Body of Christ), circa 1530
  • Where object was made: Brussels or Nivelles, Duchy of Brabant (present-day Belgium)
  • oak wood, polychromy
  • Object Height/Width: 136.7 x 114.3 cm
    Object Height/Width: 53 13/16 x 45 in
  • Museum purchase: Patrons and Benefactors Fund
  • On view: Stewart Gallery, 406, S5
  • 1977.0069
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Male figure (identified as Christ) is suspended in a rigid, tautly stretched pose, his head inclined forward and to the side and his feet fastened by a single nail. The nervously fragmented loincloth, folded diagonally at the center, its ends fluttering out horizontally at the sides, contrasts sharply with the softly modeled anatomy. Christ's eyes are broken, his lips slightly parted; several spikes of the crown of thorns cruelly pierce his forehead. The tears that flow from the corners of both eyes and the blood at the hands and side wound are rendered in relief.