Christ on the Cross Between Mary and Saint John

A work made of handcolored woodcut, printed through rubbing, on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of handcolored woodcut, printed through rubbing, on paper.

Date:

1460/70

Artist:

Unknown Artist
Southern Germany

About this artwork

Like the Man of Sorrows nearby (1944.172), this woodcut depicting Christ’s mother and his most beloved apostle in mourning is a rare example of European medieval devotional practices. The print was found pasted with several others in a book in the library of the Abbey of Saint Gall. Christ’s Crucifixion and Resurrection formed the crux of Christian belief, and so these events were depicted frequently. The hand-colored blood on Christ’s body has since faded to light brown, softening its visual impact. As a result, however, this image becomes even more quietly poignant and melancholy.

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Artist

Unknown artist

Title

Christ on the Cross Between Mary and Saint John

Origin

Southern Germany

Date

1460–1470

Medium

Handcolored woodcut, printed through rubbing, on paper

Dimensions

187 x 124 mm (image/sheet trimmed within plate mark)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1947.518

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