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Christ presented to the People: Left Hand Panel
Master of Delft
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This is the left wing of a triptych (a painting in three parts) made for a convent near Delft in around 1510. The other panels, showing various episodes of the Crucifixion, are also in the National Gallery’s collection.

Here we see Christ, his hands bound and the crown of thorns on his head, being led out after his trial: he is to be crucified. A motley crowd of soldiers prepares the Cross, watched by a weeping woman and her children. In the background, two criminals described as thieves have been stripped and bound – they are to be executed alongside Christ at Calvary.

On the back of the panel are the Virgin and Child and Saint Augustine of Hippo, painted to look like stone statues set in a shared niche. They would have been visible when the shutters were closed.

Key facts
Artist Master of Delft
Artist dates active early 16th century
Full title Christ presented to the People: Left Hand Panel
Group Triptych: Scenes from the Passion of Christ
Date made about 1510
Medium and support Oil with some egg tempera on oak
Dimensions 102.2 x 49.3 cm
Acquisition credit Presented by Earl Brownlow, 1913
Inventory number NG2922.2
Location in Gallery Room 5
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Triptych: Scenes from the Passion of Christ

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The story of the Passion (Christ’s torture and crucifixion) unfolds across three crowded panels. On the left, Christ is led out from his trial; in the centre he has been crucified; to the right, his dead body is taken down from the Cross.

The sacred events seem to be taking place near the city of Delft: we can see the tower of its New Church in the background of the centre panel. The triptych (a painting made of three parts) was probably made for the convent of Koningsveld, just outside Delft. The man wearing a white habit and kneeling at the front of the centre panel is likely to be Herman van Rossum, provost of Koningsveld, who may have commissioned the triptych for the high altar in around 1510.

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