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Christ is represented here at the very moment when he commends his spirit to his Father, his eyes turned heavenward and his mouth open in a final plea: “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?”
The exquisitely carved figure is enlivened by touches of color, and displays a robust Baroque naturalism characterized by a masterful command of anatomy and a profoundly human expression of anguish. The cross on which Christ expires is made of rough-hewn timbers that signify the Tree of Life.
The work of Gaspar Núñez Delgado announces the transition from Mannerism to Baroque in Spanish sculpture. This crucifix, dated 1599, marks the decisive moment in that transformation.
Eduardo Cano, Seville, by 1921. María Bauzá, Madrid, by 1950. Private Collection, London; (Caylus Anticuario, Madrid); purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1995 (1995.24).