Friday, December 18, 2015

Lampedusa Cross will be British Museum director's final aquisition

By Mark Brown
The Lampedusa Cross, made by Francesco Tuccio and donated to the Museum in October 2015 and Neil MacGregor's official British Museum portrait by Wolfgang Tillmans (2015) © Trustees of the British Museum
UNITED KINGDOM---A simple but powerfully symbolic wooden cross made by a carpenter from the wreckage of a refugee boat that sank in the Mediterranean is to be the final acquisition made by the British Museum under the leadership of Neil MacGregor. Known as the Lampedusa Cross, the object was made by Francesco Tuccio from the wrecked timbers of a boat that sank near the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa in October 2013. MacGregor called the 38cm high cross “a simple yet moving object” which was a poignant gift to the collection. [link]