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Associate of Jan de Beer, The Crucifixion

Key facts
Full title The Crucifixion
Artist Associate of Jan de Beer
Artist dates documented 1491; died 1527/8
Date made 1520s
Medium and support Oil on oak
Dimensions 94.7 × 67.3 cm
Acquisition credit Presented by Queen Victoria at the Prince Consort's wish, 1863
Inventory number NG718
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
The Crucifixion
Associate of Jan de Beer

This painting was probably once the centre panel of a triptych (a painting made up of three sections) showing episodes from the Passion (Christ’s torture and execution). The dead Christ hangs from the Cross, and three angels collect the blood from his wounds in chalices.

On the left are the Virgin Mary and Saint John, while Mary Magdalene kneels at the foot of the Cross. The man in the lower right corner pointing towards Christ is apparently the Roman centurion who exclaimed, ‘Truly this was the Son of God’ (Matthew 27: 54).

There are many stylistic similarities with drawings and paintings attributed to Jan de Beer, and it may have been painted by an artist trained in his workshop.

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