Carved crucifix, replica from original wood of Giacobino d'Ormea
In the apse of the Church of San Francesco in Cuneo, the cast of the imposing crucifix from the mid-fifteenth century stands out, identified with the sculpture that stood out in the presbytery of the cult building in the Middle Ages. The work is preserved in the original in the parish church of Borgo San Giuseppe and was found during the cataloging campaign promoted in 2005 by the Italian Episcopal Conference. Of Ligurian production and dated to the mid-fifteenth century, the crucifix underwent numerous vicissitudes over time: in the seventeenth century, at the time of the remaking of the altar and the tabernacle, it was transferred to the chapel of the Cruciata, on the right nave of the monument; following the Napoleonic suppression, he then moved to the nearby Santa Croce hospital, where he was hung first in the chapel and then in the wards. Here he remained until 1961, when he was transported to the new parish on the banks of the chalk. The detailed description of the anatomical details of the dying Christ, which highlights the muscle tension, the wrinkles of the skin torn by the nails, the precise definition of the veins still pulsing on the belly and on the arms, of the hair with twisted locks and of the skinny face, produce a strong evocative power and highlight, by the author, identified in the sculptor Giacobino d'Ormea, a discreet but precise search for the pathos.