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The Deposition: Right Hand Panel
Master of Delft
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This panel, which shows Christ’s body being taken down from the Cross, is the right wing of a triptych (a painting in three parts) made for a convent near Delft in around 1510. The other panels, which are also in the National Gallery’s collection, show Christ being led out after his trial and the Crucifixion.

In the background three men gently support Christ’s body. Mary Magdalene, in the same red dress and white headdress as in the central panel, is helping them. In the foreground the Virgin and Saint John are surrounded by grieving women, as they are in the Crucifixion scene; if these are the same four women, they are wearing different clothes here.

On the back of the panel, Saints Peter and Mary Magdalene are painted to look like stone statues 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 The Deposition: Right 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 x 49.4 cm
Acquisition credit Presented by Earl Brownlow, 1913
Inventory number NG2922.3
Location in Gallery Not on display
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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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