ALTICHIERO da Zevio
(b. ca. 1330, Zevio, d. ca. 1390, Verona)

Crucifixion

1378-84
Fresco
Oratorio di San Giorgio, Padua

The Crucifixion scene is located on the altar wall. The grouping and the gestures of the figures are characterized by a particularly high level of sophistication. In the distinct contrast between the serene pose and inward-focused expression of the crucified Christ, on the one hand, and the agitation of the mourning angels on the other, we still feel the influence of the Crucifixion fresco in the Scrovegni Chapel, though the added thieves and crowd gathered below the crosses conform to the archetype of the densely populated paintings of Golgotha that in the meantime had become common in Trecento painting.