Attributed to José Benito Ortega
(1858 - 1941)
carved wood, gesso, pigment
45 x 34 x 8 in.
Christ Crucified. Large Cristo figure, carved wood with painted pigment over gesso. Deep carved eye sockets with large crescent eyes cast downward, with lower lashes painted and dots around eyebrows, short dark beard. Gesso covered fabric loincloth and monochromatic pigment over fabric for skirt. Well-delineated rib cage with bloody chest wound and knees, blood trails along arms, neck, legs and brow. A small woven crown sits atop head. Christ is nail to a dark cross with red, yellow and white painted terminals and INRJ plaque at top.
Provenance: The Joseph Pytka Collection