The Crucifixion

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.

Date:

1538

Artist:

Lucas Cranach the Elder
German, 1472 (?)-1553

About this artwork

In this crowded scene, traditional vignettes from the Crucifixion story surround the central figure of Christ on the cross. The swooning Virgins and other believers are represented at Christ's right hand. On the other, less-favored side of the cross are Christ's condemners and the cynics who rejected him, among them the soldiers who cast dice to divide up his clothing. Although Lucas Cranach the Elder was a friend of Martin Luther and a firm supporter of the Reformation, his highly successful workshop produced altarpieces for both Protestant and Catholic patrons. In this painting, probably used as an altarpiece, the artist does not take a stand in the doctrinal struggle that grew out of Luther's preaching and writing beginning in 1517.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 207

Artist

Lucas Cranach, the Elder

Title

The Crucifixion

Origin

Germany

Date

1538

Medium

Oil on panel

Inscriptions

Inscribed: device of serpent with lowered wings and 153[8] (on cross)

Dimensions

47 3/4 × 32 1/2 in. (121.1 × 82.5 cm); painted surface: 47 × 32 1/2 in. (119.4 × 82.5 cm)

Credit Line

Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection

Reference Number

1947.62

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