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Crucifixion, from Passion of Christ

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.




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

About this artwork

On his cross, Christ embodies a powerful vertical center of this composition. The two thieves that flank him barely register their presence as their undulating forms curve into view on the perimeter of the oval. The ribbons bearing grinning skulls and crossbones cascading from their hands denote the thieves as important nonetheless. They stand in stark contrast to the central grouping of pious souls, where Mary, Mary Magdalene, and John the Evangelist look on in adoration.


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Jan Sadeler, I


Crucifixion, from Passion of Christ


Flanders (Artist's nationality:)

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Artist's working dates 1570–1600


Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


Plate: 16.2 × 11.4 cm (6 7/16 × 4 1/2 in.); Sheet: 17.5 × 12.5 cm (6 15/16 × 4 15/16 in.)

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The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection

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