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Churches >  Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
Crucifix

Author: Anonymous
Century: XIII°
DATE: XIII century POSITION: presbytery (on the map n°11) MEASUREMENTS: 327x236 cm  METHOD: painted panel

The large wooden crucifix was commissioned in the second half of the thirteenth century to be hung in the center of the presbytery. It is probably the same cross, considered to be miraculous, that between the fifteenth and sixteenth century,  was placed in the second side chapel of the right nave, instead of the monument to Tiziano.

Until the beginning of the twentieth century it was hung above the compass of the Saint Peter Chapel's exit door. The work was rediscovered in very recent years since the important crucifix, that was considered miraculous, was known to exist by the devoted lay people, but with the intricacies of time, displacements and tampering from the nineteenth century, it had been lost into complete oblivion.

It was suspected that under the large monochromatic crucifix, painted in the nineteenth century and preserved in the Chapter House, one could hide the ancient work that was lost to the then parish priest Annibale Marini, in the eighties of the twentieth century, he decided to have it restored by removing the whole layer of nineteenth-century painting. The discovery was sensational as from the under layer appeared this Christ "verdaccio" (greenish) by an anonymous author who was there after referred to as the Master of the Crucifix of the Friars.
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