Gian Lorenzo Bernini's sculpture "Cristo Crocifisso" (The Crucified Christ) is a life-size bronze sculpture of the crucified Jesus. It was cast in 1650 and held in Bernini's private collection for 25 years. It is believed that Bernini cast three versions of the sculpture, one of which was destroyed during the French Revolution.
The sculpture resurfaced in Venice in 1908 and eventually fell into private hands in the United States, where it was misidentified as a work from the 17th century. In January 2007, Toronto real estate developer Murray Frum negotiated to buy the sculpture from an art dealer in the United States and donated it to the Art Gallery of Ontario.
The sculpture is considered one of Bernini's "long-lost masterpieces" and reproduces a property belonging to Italian cultural heritage as entrusted to the Italian government, regulated by Articles 106 et seq. of the Italian Code of Cultural Heritage and Landscape.
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