Monday, April 21, 2014


The Crucified Christ, 1285-1300, by Giovanni Pisano in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, has to be one of the best depictions in sculpture philosophy of the fragility of human love and the human being equalling God. The ascension of this small altarpiece or fragment of an ivory crucifix takes you to God's love and touches your heart there. The gilded ivory talks about divinity and communicates the delicate purity of Christian love, Christ died for his love of humanity. The celebration of love with this exquisite masterpiece takes you to a place of beauty being celebrated through the divine. The level of human concern of what was touched upon with a similar Giotto crucifix of the same Gothic period takes you through to the sublime, the subliminal of a heart of glass or the most fragile place next to God.