Christ on the Cross with the Virgin and Saints

The pallor of the Virgin Mary, the gesture of Saint John clutching his cloak and the yearning posture of the kneeling Magdalen express the agony of their grief. Attention is concentrated on the carefully rendered form of the dying Christ. At the same time Le Sueur's use of colour - for example the shot draperies of the Magdalen's dress - show the artist producing an image intended to be beautiful as well as moving.

Key facts

Artist dates
1616 - 1655
Full title
Christ on the Cross with the Magdalen, the Virgin Mary and Saint John the Evangelist
Date made
about 1643
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
109 x 73.1 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1994
Inventory number
Location in Gallery