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Full title The Crucifixion
Artist Master of Riglos
Artist dates active mid-15th century
Date made about 1450-60
Medium and support Egg on pine
Dimensions 43 x 102.5 cm
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Sir Ronald Storrs, 1964
Inventory number NG6360
Location Not on display
The Crucifixion
Master of Riglos

Christ hangs on the Cross, emaciated, blood dripping from the wounds in his hands, feet and side. His head is slumped in death, his face pale. His followers sit on the ground around him, inconsolable. Christ’s mother, the Virgin Mary, has collapsed in her grief.

This panel once formed the pinnacle of a large polyptych (multi-panelled altarpiece) made for the tiny church of Saint Martin at Riglos, north-eastern Spain. We don't know the artist’s identity – he’s known simply as the Master of Riglos, after this altarpiece.

Spanish polyptychs at this date often took the form of a large central panel, showing the saint to whom the church was dedicated, surrounded by smaller panels and topped with an image of the Crucifixion. They often had very elaborate gilded frames.

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