Renato Guttuso, Mano del Crocifisso

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Renato Guttuso, Mano del Crocifisso
Renato Guttuso, Mano del Crocifisso
Room 8. Guttuso, Gentilini

The Hand of the Crucified forms part of Guttuso’s uninterrupted reflection on the works of the great masters of the past. The painting depicts a detail of the famous Crucifixion that Matthias Grünewald painted for the Altar of Isenheim between 1512 and 1516 (today in the Musée d’Unterlinden in Colmar), a work of extraordinary dramatic intensity, that throughout the centuries has frequently been the subject of copies and re-workings. Guttuso, who at the beginning of the 1980s resumed his visual reflection on this painting, focused on the detail of the right hand nailed to the Cross and defined it with a few bold brushstrokes of an expressionist type, making it the central protagonist of his painting. It is framed by a background that brings to mind a sort of exasperated, open pointillisme.