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The Crucifixion: MAR.C.57-1912

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The Crucifixion


Mancini Workshop (Pottery)
Probably Mancini, Giacomo (Painter)


Maiolica panel painted in polychrome with the Crucifixion.

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed on the front and outside edges; reverse unglazed. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, stone, and manganese-purple. Square with a raised edge and a suspension hole in each corner.
The Crucifixion. The Cross is in the centre, with Mary Magdalene at its foot and the Virgin and St John to the left, surrounded by Roman cavalry and foot soldiers. A soldier on the left holds a shield charged with a scorpion, and another to the right of the Cross holds a scorpion standard. The crosses of the two malefactors are further back. In the sky above them is the sun on the left, and the moon on the right. The raised edge is yellow. The back is inscribed in greyish-black: 'DIRVTI/ISSVI'.


History note: Unknown before testator, Charles Brinsley Marley (1831-1912)

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 2.5 cm
Height: 40 cm
Width: 41.3 cm

Relative size of this object

41.3 cm40 cm2.5 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


Third quarter of 16th century
Production date: dated AD 1556 : the inscription in a mixture of arabic and Roman numerals appears to be 1556


Label text from the exhibition ‘Madonnas and Miracles: The Holy Home in Renaissance Italy’, on display at The Fitzwilliam Museum from 7 March until 4 June 2017: In this brightly coloured panel figures crowd in, horses stamp their hooves and draperies swirl. At the centre, Christ is still and calm despite his sufferings. One cavalryman holds a flag with a scorpion, a symbol of Judas’s terrible betrayal of Christ. The piece was pierced prior to firing, which indicates that it was designed to be hung on a wall.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, stone, and manganese-purple) tin-glaze Suspension Holes

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Painted in greyish-black

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.C.57-1912
Primary reference Number: 48588
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 25 November 2020 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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