model of Crucifix

Models (continued)

A section of another model for Crucifix, made of painted and gilt plaster, shows the changes in Sargent’s design concept. The middle of the cross was widened to accommodate the crouched figures of Adam and Eve. And though very similar to the Library sculpture, this model lacks the inscription, the metal halo over Christ’s head, and Adam’s beard. Subtler differences are found in the decoration of the chalices, the width of the crown of thorns, and the pattern of the molding around the cross. The body of the snake that entwines Adam and Eve in the final sculpture is not visible here.
Crucifix, model, ca. 1899
Painted and gilt plaster with wire support
72 x 79 x 8.5 cm
Fogg Art Museum*
The Triumph of Religion