The Crucifixion

This is the centre panel of a triptych painted for the church of St Columba, Cologne.

The Virgin and three holy women mourn the crucified Christ. Saint John the Evangelist stands on the right. The busy background includes other episodes in the story: on the left, Christ carries the Cross, falling under its weight; on the right his body is taken down from the Cross.

Similarly, the scenes on the shutters show events before and just after his Crucifixion .

Key facts

Artist dates
active late 15th to early 16th century
Full title
The Crucifixion
Date made
about 1490-5
Medium and support
Oil on oak
107.3 x 120.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Edward Shipperdson, 1847
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: The Crucifixion Altarpiece