By Ilaria Tameni
Published Online (2004)
Introduction: Almost 40 years ago, Gesine and Johannes Taubert, catalogued in their essay on “Kruzifixe mit schwenkbaren Armen”, thirty-five crucifixes with mobile arms (four more by documentary way/plus they document four of them), scattered around central Europe and the regions of the centre of Italy.
All Italian crucifixes mentioned by the Tauberts are referred to the Tuscan and the Umbrian environment, but the Tauberts themselves are convinced that their catalogue “die gewiss nicht sämtliche noch erhaltenen Kruzifixe dieser Art beziffert” . In fact, in the following decades, in Italy many crucifixes with mobile arms have been discovered and/or restored. This news about crucifixes often appear in some local publication or exhibition catalogues without facing the most important question: the function of such simulacra, their meaning and their use.