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Title Page, from Passion of Christ

A work made of engraving in black on cream wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on cream wove paper.




Jan Sadeler, the Elder (Flemish, 1550-1600)
after Marcus Gheeraerts, the Elder (Flemish, c. 1520-c. 1590)

About this artwork

A symbolically charged heraldic arrangement—including the spear, sponge, lash, and other instruments of Christ’s Passion—occupies the bulk of this oval design. Although the rest of the sheet contains significantly more text than the Sadeler and Gheeraerts signatures seen below the image in each subsequent print, it is similar in many ways to the grotesque imagery throughout the series. The blank background here makes one marked exception, as the other scenes play out before a unifying netting of black crosshatched lines.


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Prints and Drawings


Jan Sadeler, I


Title Page, from Passion of Christ


Flanders (Artist's nationality:)

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Artist's working dates 1570–1600


Engraving in black on cream wove paper


Plate: 16 × 11.8 cm (6 5/16 × 4 11/16 in.); Sheet: 17.2 × 12.5 cm (6 13/16 × 4 15/16 in.)

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The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection

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