Iconography

The Holy face of Jesus of Lucca was one of the most renowned and worshipped holy images in the Western world during the Late Middle Ages. There are, in fact, hundreds of reproductions of this crucifix which differ from each other in technique, material and artistry and which date back both to the Middle Ages and to more recent ages.

This extraordinary iconographic heritage offers a privileged point of view to understand the key role that the Holy Face of Jesus of Lucca had for a long time in the European society, even in some contexts which were not connected directly to the social and cultural environment in Lucca.

Thus, the iconography section of the project ARVO, acquires a special value. In fact, it offers the unique opportunity, which has never been offered before, to collect and organize according to a shared standard a complex of images which are often mostly unknown and, sometimes, even unprecedented. These images can express better than any other document a clear idea of the fortune this crucifix had in the past.

Image Title Dating Position
Crocifisso tunicato XII secolo Stoccolma, Statens Historiska Museum view
Volto Santo di Lucca e menestrello XV secolo Sulmona (AQ), Eremo di Sant'Onofrio al Morrone view
Crocifisso tunicato (Vieux-Bon-Dieu) XII secolo Tancrémont, santuario view
Volto Santo di Lucca e menestrello (miracolo del calzare d'argento) XV secolo Teodone (BZ), San Giacomo, esterno, fianco settentrionale view
Volto Santo di Lucca e menestrello (miracolo del calzare d'argento) tra i Ss. Antonio Abate e Leonardo XV secolo Tiles (BZ), San Cirillo, navata, parete settentrionale view
Volto Santo di Lucca XVI secolo Vallecupola (RI), S. Maria della Neve, abside view
Volto Santo di Lucca e menestrello (miracolo del calzare d'argento) XV secolo Verona, Musei d'Arte e Monumenti, Casa di Giulietta view
Volto Santo di Lucca XIV secolo Vicenza, Sant'Agostino, Cappella del Cristo Re view
Volto Santo XV secolo Visby, Gotland Fornsal view
Volto Santo di Lucca XV secolo Volterra (PI), Oratorio di Sant'Antonio view

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