Gero Crucifix

Gero Crucifix

"Der Hohe Dom Zu Köln - Kathedrale Und Weltkulturerbe - Gebaut Für Gott Und Die Menschen." Home. Accessed March 29, 2018. https://www.koelner-dom.de/rundgang/bedeutendewerke/gero-crucifix-circa-970/info/?L=1.

The Gero Crucifix is a sculpture depiction of a tortured Christ on the cross that is held in Cologne Cathedral in Germany and was made in 970. It is a polychrome wood sculpture that also functions as a reliquary through the head of Christ. This piece is monumental in size standing around six feet tall, an immense sculpture that really allows you to feel the emotions of the “new theme of suffering Christ”. The artist has created a figure with a drooping head and lifeless limbs sending off feelings of mourning and pity. We can see Christ suffering for our sins as he dies on the cross. The muscular structure of Christ is distorted and abstracted allowing for a weak and helpless image. Christ is wrapped in gold detailed drapery, the most life filled part of this piece. Additionally, Christ is wearing a cruciform halo with gems inlaid to express his holy meaning and give him respect. This is a very powerful sculpture and effectively expresses the sympathetic message aimed by the artist.

Gero Crucifix