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
Volto Santo di Lucca XVI secolo Lucca, Collezione Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca view
Trasporto del Volto Santo da Luni a Lucca XVI secolo Lucca, San Frediano, cappella di Sant'Agostino view
Volto Santo di Lucca e menestrello (miracolo del calzare d'argento) XV secolo Marburgo, chiesa di Santa Maria, navata sinistra view
Crocifisso tunicato XII secolo Marburgo, Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte view
Crocifisso tunicato XIII secolo Marburgo, Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte view
Cappella della Villa Buonvisi XVI secolo Monte San Quirico (LU), Villa Buonvisi, cappella view
Volto Santo di Lucca e menestrello (miracolo del calzare d'argento) XV secolo Montefalco (PG), San Francesco, cappella della Passione view
Volto Santo di Lucca XV secolo Monteleone di Spoleto (PG), San Francesco, parete destra view
Volto Santo di Lucca tra i santi Rocco e Sebastiano XVI secolo Montemarcello (SP), S. Pietro view
Crocifisso tunicato XIII secolo Münster, Cattedrale di San Paolo view

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