Gothic processional cross - Northern Italy - 15th century




Christian Eduard Franke-Landwers Christoph Freiherr von Seckendorff


Mounted on wood core with embossed, engraved and gilded copper.

The cross has been the central symbol of Christianity since the early Middle Ages and follows a fixed iconographic imagery. The crucified one in the center is depicted in the three-nail type, on the curved ends of the cross reliefs of God the Father, Mary, Johannes and Mary Magdalene are applied and, on the back, the blessing God the Father is surrounded by the symbols of the four evangelists at the ends of the cross arms.

During processions, pilgrimages or solemn entries to Holy Mass, precious crosses like this one were carried on poles and placed near the altar so that they could be seen by all believers during mass. Even in private, festively decorated living rooms, crosses of this high quality were used as blessing and devotional crosses and are rarely so well preserved.

Height 53 cm.



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