Carved crucifix, replica of an original in Jacobin of Ormea wood
In the apse of the Church of San Francesco in Cuneo stands the cast of the imposing crucifix from the mid-fifteenth century, identified with the sculpture that in the Middle Ages stood out in the presbytery of the church. The original work is preserved 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, when the altar and tabernacle were rebuilt, it was transferred to the chapel of the Cruciata, on the right aisle of the monument; following the Napoleonic suppressions it then passed to the nearby Hospital of Santa Croce, where it 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 Gesso. The detailed description of the anatomical details of the dying Christ, which highlights the muscular tension, the wrinkles of the skin torn by nails, the precise definition of the veins still pulsating on the belly and arms, of the hair with twisted locks and of the gaunt face, produce a strong evocative power and highlight, on the part of the author, identified in the sculptor Giacobino d'Ormea, a discreet but precise search for pathos.