10th Tiberius Auction
Probably South German/Frankish
69 x 68 cm
This extremely well-executed Corpus Christi in the three-nail type shows a pathetically introverted Jesus during the Crucifixion. The sinewy arms are tightened, making the muscles as well as the ribcage stand out clearly under the paper-thin skin. The prominent kneecaps accentuate the scrawny legs, which end in almost claw-like tucked toes. The perizonium is tightly knotted around the hips in linear pleats and, moved by a sudden gust of wind, is puffed out to the side. This moving element brings a living dynamic to the otherwise static and rigid representation, and contrasts with the lifeless, limp face of Jesus. His head with shoulder-length curls is adorned with a crown of thorns worked out as a wreath. Jesus’ face is turned downwards, his eyes closed; memorable nasolabial folds lead to the slackly open mouth, frozen in silent prayer.
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