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
Volto Santo di Lucca e menestrello (miracolo del calzare d'argento) e donatore XV secolo Kwidzyń, cattedrale di San Giovanni Evangelista, navata settentrionale view
Volto Santo di Lucca e menestrello (miracolo del calzare d'argento) e santa Caterina d'Alessandria XV secolo L'Aquila, San Silvestro view
Volto Santo (?), menestrello e coppia di donatori XVI secolo Lindau, Stadtmuseum Cavazzen view
Volto Santo di Lucca e menestrello XV secolo Linz, S. Martino, parete settentrionale view
Insegna di pellegrinaggio (Volto Santo) XIV secolo Londra, Museum of London view
Volto Santo di Lucca tra i Ss. Giovanni Battista, Vincenzo Ferrer, Marco e Antonino XV secolo Los Angeles, County Museum of Art view
Volto Santo di Lucca XV secolo Lucca, Archivio di Stato, Biblioteca manoscritti, ms. 110 view
I membri della Fraternitas Sanctae Crucis adorano il Volto Santo XIV secolo Lucca, Biblioteca Capitolare view
Volto Santo di Lucca XIV secolo Lucca, Biblioteca Capitolare, pergamena Z36 view
La leggenda del Volto Santo XV secolo Lucca, Cattedrale di San Martino, navata sinistra, controfacciata view