Exaltation of the True Cross
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According to medieval legends, St Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine, found in the Holy Land the Cross on which Christ was crucified. The identity of the True Cross was established when a man was miraculously restored to life by touching the sacred relic. Here angels and cherubim carry the symbols of Christ’s Passion, while the Empress Helena and the resurrected man look up in ecstatic admiration. This is a preparatory ‘sketch’ for the large-scale work in the church of San Rocco, Venice.
Owner/Location: National Gallery of Art - Washington DC  (United States - Washington)
Dates: 1733
Artist age:Approximately 74 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 84 cm (33.07 in.), Width: 35 cm (13.78 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Entered by: Member laure9 on 09 October 2008.
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