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Christ on the cold stone
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"Christ on the cold stone" is a theme which, at the end of the 15th century and the beginning of the 16th century, was particularly popular in the Southern Netherlands and Germany, but also in France, more specifically in Champagne (cf. list W. Godenne, Brussels, 1982). It corresponds to the 15th century realism in art. Every detail is accurately reproduced. The desire to be moving also plays a major role. The search for elegance and nobility are indicative of the 16th century renaissance.
Christ is seated bare-chested on a wooden block placed on a rock. His robe hangs down over it, forming a rich play of folds. The skull that is visible at the bottom right in the folds is an allusion to Golgotha (place of the skull). A crown of thorns is set on his head, which leans slightly to the left. His face, drawn with sorrow with noble features, is framed by the wavy hair falling to his shoulders and by a curly beard. The body is rendered with extreme accuracy. The hands and feet are cuffed with a long cord. It is a particularly beautifully carved statue.