DONATELLO
(b. ca. 1386, Firenze, d. 1466, Firenze)

The Crucifixion

1460-65
Bronze
San Lorenzo, Florence

The depictions of the two central events from the Crucifixion and Deposition are placed side by side to form a long side of the Passion Pulpit. Only a few of the soldiers, who are depicted with grim expressions in the relief of the Crucifixion, are paying any attention to the grief of the mourning women at the foot of Christ's cross. The relief is horizontally divided into two zones. In the lower one we encounter a tightly compressed multitude of the most diverse figures, while above it only the crosses with Christ and the two thieves, each surrounded by some angels, towers aloft.