GIOTTO di Bondone
(b. 1267, Vespignano, d. 1337, Firenze)
Tempera on wood, 430 x 303 cm
Tempio Malatestiano, Rimini
Contemporary chronicles refer to a visit by Giotto to Rimini: he is said to have painted in the great Franciscan church there. Since this church was later turned into a burial church for Sigismondo Malatesta and his family, all early frescoes have been lost, apart from a few fragments which are similar to the art of Giotto. The Franciscan church , however, does contain a large painted crucifix, which probably belonged in this church from the beginning, and which, in Giotto's overall output, can be attributed to the same period in which he created the Louvre panels.
This painting is a nobler version of the Santa Maria Novella Crucifix (also better preserved), already showing tendencies of the artist's mature treatment of the subject.