after Cimabue (1240 – 1302)
The elegantly long and graceful corpus on this cross from the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence demonstrates the influence of Byzantine icon painting. Cimabue's oeuvre represented a step forward in the evolution of medieval art as he succeeded in introducing a number of novel elements into the solemn and static Byzantine art. These innovations included more human expressions and form.
Mixed media drawing with 22-carat gold leaf