PACINO DI BONAGUIDA
(active 1302-1340 in Florence)
Right wing of a diptych1320-25
Tempera on panel, 62 x 40 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The diptych in New York was one of the key works for the reconstruction of the artistic personality of Pacino di Bonaguida. It incorporates all of the elements of Pacino's emblematic approach to narrative.
The right wing is occupied by one large scene only - the Crucifixion. In this scene each of the figures is portrayed on a modestly different scale, but only the larger size of Christ is hierarchically significant. Among the saints standing at the bottom of the composition, each figure's size is determined by his or her posture without regard to the illusion of his or her placement in space or relationship to the others.