Michelangelo created this version of the passion of Christ, one of several works to be called Crucifixion, sometime between 1540 and the late 1550s.
Subject throughout his lifetime to personal and professional turmoil, Michelangelo became more introspective in his last years. His last works reflect an increasing focus on spiritual matters. The artist seems to have abandoned his vision of Christ the almighty creator and judge in favor of Christ the ever-merciful redeemer. Michelangelo seemingly used this Crucifixion to explore in the figures of the Virgin and St. John the Evangelist his own anguish and sorrow.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Lauren Mitchell Ruehring is a freelance writer who has contributed promotional commentary for the works of many artists, including Erté and Thomas McKnight. She has also contributed to publications such as Kerry Hallam: Artistic Visions and Liudmila Kondakova: World of Enchantment. In addition, she has received recognition from the National Society of Arts and Letters.