This depiction, which looks like a painting in its own right, is only a fragment of a panel cross. The laterally widened stem showed the crucified Christ, while vertical rectangular picture fields at the ends of the crosspiece featured half-length figures of the Virgin and St John. Painted crosses of this kind hung above the rood screen or at the entrance to the choir in large churches. Deodato Orlandi may have painted this one (which, at originally about 5.30 metres, was unusually tall) for San Piero a Grado, near Pisa, for which he also executed an extensive cycle of frescos.
Since 2001, the Städel Museum has systematically been researching the provenance of all objects that were acquired during the National Socialist period, or that changed owners or could have changed owners during those years. The basis for this research is the “Washington Declaration”, also known as the “Washington Conference Principles”, formulated at the 1998 “Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets” and the subsequent “Joint Declaration”.
The provenance information is based on the sources researched at the time they were published digitally. However, this information can change at any time when new sources are discovered. Provenance research is therefore a continuous process and one that is updated at regular intervals.
Ideally, the provenance information documents an object’s origins from the time it was created until the date when it found its way into the collection. It contains the following details, provided they are known:
The successive ownership records are separated from each other by a semicolon.
Gaps in the record of a provenance are indicated by the placeholder “…”. Unsupported information is listed in square brackets.
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