Michelangelo’s Crucifix for Vittoria Colonna

A devotional crucifix, whose model is believed to be the work of Michelangelo, is known preserved by a minority of casts in silver and bronze, the finest of which, is examined here. The crucifix is here suggested as made for Michelangelo’s friend, Vittoria Colonna, as a private gift or possible commission. A census of casts of the model are explored, tracing its origins in Rome and later to Seville where it influenced Spanish sculptors and painters during the first decades of the 17th century.

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