Symbolic Representation of the Crucifixion

In this picture, the Trinity is represented by God the father (who holds up the Cross), the crucified Christ, and the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove.

At the foot of the Cross stand the Virgin and Saints James the Greater, John and Peter. Mary Magdalen, Saint Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus kneel in front. Behind these, two angels hold the spear and the sponge, both instruments of the sufferings of Christ.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active 1484 - died 1526/7
Full title
Symbolic Representation of the Crucifixion
Date made
probably 1492
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
129.5 x 123.8 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1896
Inventory number
NG1478
Location in Gallery