After a long period of restoration carried out by the opificio delle pietre dure giottos crucifix has been returned to the central nave of the santa maria novella church in florencethe work is made of tempera oil and glass on wood and measures 578x406 cm. Giotto di bondone crucifix detail about 1290 1300 gold and tempera on panel 578 x 406 cm firenze santa maria novella the crucifix by giotto at the center of the nave high above the steps that separate the lower from the upper church is the magnificent crucifix by giotto who probably painted it between 1288 and 1289. Far from santa maria novella for over twenty years it was masterfully restored in 2000 and came back to the church where except for the relatively short period of its stay in the sacristy it had always been albeit in different locations. Unlike santa croces crucifix by cimabue which is now almost in complete ruin due to the florentine floods giottos crucifix is after restoration work in 2000 in almost perfect condition and raised high like god above the masses that congregate below. According to vasari it was carved in response to the wooden crucifix by donatello at santa croce church in florence after brunelleschi had criticized its exaggerated naturalism calling it a peasant on the cross instead of the body of jesus christ in all its parts the most perfect man who ever lived
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