Crucifix

Crucifix

circa 1700
Locale
Guanajuato
Country
Mexico
Style/Tradition
Mexican Colonial
bulto, crucifix
Caña de maíz technique (celerin wood [tzompantle], corn paste, gesso, fabric, oil paint)
Museum Exchange
1968.192
. Crucifix. circa 1700. Caña de maíz technique (celerin wood [tzompantle], corn paste, gesso, fabric, oil paint). Museum Exchange. 1968.192.
Dimensions
image height: 47 in, 119.3800 cm; image width: 40 in, 101.6000 cm; overall height: 72 in, 182.8800 cm; overall width: 47 in, 119.3800 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Collection
Latin American Art

This large sculpture of a crucified Christ was likely used as a processional figure in Mexico during the 1700s. The tradition of parading large holy figures through the streets on religious holidays and feast days was common in Europe and the practice continues today. In order to make these figures lightweight for portability they were sometimes crafted of wood pastes and paper.This Old World artistic production technique was imported to New Spain and merged with an existing pre-Hispanic tradition of crafting ritual deities out of corn paste and other organic materials. The artist utilized celerin wood, corn paste, gesso, fabric and oil paint to create the work we see here.
--Julie Wilson Frick, 2015

Known Provenance
Purchased by exchange in 1968 by the Denver Art Museum. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.
Exhibition History
  • “ReVision: Art in the Americas” — Denver Art Museum, 2/16/2020 – 11/8/2020