Tag Archives: Good Friday

Cimabue’s crucifix in Arezzo

We arrived in Arezzo at dusk and by the time we walked to the highest elevation of this medieval hill town night had fallen.  The interior of San Domenico, a Gothic church, was dimly lit so we slipped a euro in a pay light-box. Crucifix, Cimabue c 1268-71. San Domenico, Arezzo. Cimabue’s startling crucifix lit up above us.   Here was Jesus is […]

The Isenheim Altarpiece: a tormented, mystical and ecstatic crucifixion in a nauseatingly cute town

It’s Good Friday and I’m thinking about the pilgrimage we made to see the Isenheim Altarpiece, the bizarre crucifixion by Matthias Grunewald in Colmar, France.  This is a perfect example of an artwork I couldn’t comprehend until I saw it in person. The altarpiece was created in 1512-1515 for a hospital that treated patients suffering from skin diseases, […]