Christ Crucified

The figures at the foot of the Cross are the Virgin and Saint John. Those in the middle distance are probably the Three Maries (Mary Magdalene, Mary the wife of Cleophas and Mary the mother of James).

Antonello's larger version of this subject painted in the same year is closer to the Netherlandish models, with a more narrative character and more distracting detail.

The version here is contemplative in character, with the Virgin and Saint John shown in meditation. The landscape contributes to this mood of meditation.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1456; died 1479
Full title
Christ Crucified
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on wood
41.9 x 25.4 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1884
Inventory number
Location in Gallery