Intense and passionate glass sculpture from Ermanno Nason, using his favorite glass, the acciaio gray.
This warm transparent gray color is often used by glass massiccio Sculptors, with great results in figures. It has almost a brown earthy tone. Livio Seguso, Lordano Rosin used this glass for their earlier masterpieces. Ermanno kept using it and became his signature. It has a great way to enhance the dept of a piece, keeping the transparency that glass needs. The refraction is muted by this glass avoiding to pick colors from the objects nearby, still keeping the lens effect.
Ermanno challenges himself with a personal interpretation of the crucifixion of Jesus. It’s not sufferance or glory, it’s almost a calm sleep after a struggling battle. The body shows the weakness of Jesus, legs are skinny and in an stiff almost unnatural position. The face folds on the chest and the chin points to it. It recalls the Pietà Bandini of Michelangelo.
Body details are of an outstanding detail. See photos and inquire for a video.
The cross is made with soldered unprotected glass pipes. This is the reason for the title.
From the 1970s, owner of the sculpture said it was made before the one now at the Duomo of Murano, for this reason I’m assigning an earlier part of the 1970s.
Glass body is 80 cm / 32 inches tall and same width.
Ermanno Nason (Artist, Author)
Height: 56.3 in. (143 cm)
Width: 35.44 in. (90 cm)
Depth: 8.67 in. (22 cm)
Brutalist (Of the Period)
Materials and Techniques
Place of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Wear consistent with age and use. The glass is pristine. The wear consistent is to be attributed to the cross made with blowing pipes in brutalist style.