ANDREA DI BARTOLO
(b. 1360/70, Siena, d. 1428, Siena)
Christ on the Cross1380s
Tempera on panel, 30 x 19 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington
The painting belongs to an uncommon genre of devotional icons painted on both sides. It is a simplified version of the portable diptych in which the Madonna and Child was usually depicted on the obverse, and Christ on the Cross on the reverse. This panel presents an isolated image of Christ hanging on the cross, unattended by the usual figures of mourners, soldiers, or onlookers who allude to the event of the Crucifixion.