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Episode 11 - A Survivor of the Flood
Part 1

Cimabue, Crucifix, c. 1265

Tempera on wood panel, 176 x 150 in (448 x 390 cm)

Basilica di Santa Croce, Florence

from Joel Brink, "Carpentry and Symmetry in Cimabue's Santa Croce Crucifix," Burlington Magazine, November 1978

Cimabue, Crucifix, 1261-71

Distemper and gold on wood panel, 132 x 105 in (336 x 267 cm)

Basilica of San Domenico, Arezzo

By Photo taken by Senet File:CrocifissoCimabue-Arezzo.JPG

Lara Broecke, Replica of Cimabue's Crucifix in Arezzo, 2005

Tempera on wood, c 79 in h (c 200 cm h)

Fisher House, Cambridge University Catholic Chaplaincy

Textile Fragment from the Chasuble of San Valerius, 13th century,

attributed to Spain

Silk, gilt animal substrate around a silk core; taqueté, 6 x 5 1/4 in (15.2 x13.3 cm)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York     46.156.3

Textile Fragment (detail), 14th–15th century,

attributed to Spain or North Africa

Silk; lampas, 29 3/4 x 45 3/8 in.  (75.6 x 115.3 cm) 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York    46.156.16

Giotto, Scenes from the Life of Christ: The Presentation at the Temple, 1304 - 06

Fresco, 79 x 73 in (200 x 185 cm)

Scrovegni Chapel, Padua

Giotto, Legend of St Francis: 13. Institution of the Crib at Greccio. 1297-1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

Giovanni del Biondo, St. John Gualberto Enthroned with Stories of His Life (detail,) c. 1370

Tempera on wood

Museum of Santa Croce, Florence

Altar of Santa Croce, Florence, 2023

Santa Croce, Florence

Photo credit: Sailko

Map of Florence, showing location of Santa Croce

Recommended Reading

Umberto Baldini and Ornella CassazzaThe Cimabue Crucifix, Published by Olivetti / Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1982


Joel Brink, "Carpentry and Symmetry in Cimabue's Santa Croce Crucifix," Burlington Magazine, October 1978


Lara Broecke, "The Reconstruction of an Early Italian Painted Crucifix: Method and Observations," Zeitschrift für Kunsttechnologie und Konservierung, Autumn 2009

A version of this study can be found at

Marcia B. Hall, "The Tramezzo in S. Croce, Florence and Domenico Veneziano's Fresco," Burlington Magazine, December 1970

With thanks to Annika Finne for these references on textiles depicted on Crucifix aprons

Dino Campini, Giunta Pisano Capitini e le croci dipinti romaniche, Martello, 1966

Donal Cooper, "Projecting presence: the monumental cross in the Italian church interior," in Presence: The Inherence of the Prototype within Images and Other Objects, eds. Robert Maniura and Rupert Shepherd, Aldershot, 2006

Anne Derbes, Picturing the Passion in Late Medieval Italy, Cambridge University Press, 1996 (p. 5, 178 footnote 18)


Angelo Tartuferi, Giunta Pisano, Soncino, 1991

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