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Master of Delft, The Crucifixion: Central Panel

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Full title The Crucifixion: Central Panel
Artist Master of Delft
Artist dates active early 16th century
Group Triptych: Scenes from the Passion of Christ
Date made about 1510
Medium and support Oil with some egg tempera on oak
Dimensions 98.2 × 105 cm
Acquisition credit Presented by Earl Brownlow, 1913
Inventory number NG2922.1
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
The Crucifixion: Central Panel
Master of Delft

This painting is so crowded it takes a while to understand everything that is happening, but the nuns for whom it was probably made must have had plenty of time to examine the details. It is the central panel of a triptych (a painting made up of three parts) painted around 1510, probably for the convent of Koningsveld near Delft.

We see the story of Christ’s crucifixion. In the centre, Christ hangs from the Cross between the two thieves who were executed alongside him, while Mary Magdalene gazes up from the base. On the left are the Virgin Mary and Saint John with several grieving women; facing them on horseback is Roman governor Pontius Pilate, who ordered Christ’s execution. The patron, dressed in a white habit, kneels in the bottom left corner. In the background are events leading up to the Crucifixion.

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Triptych: Scenes from the Passion of Christ


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.