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The Crucifixion, from The Passion of Christ series
The Crucifixion, from The Passion of Christ series
Date:
late 15th century
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Silk, Wool; Tapestry Weave
Dimensions:
355 x 386 cm (139 3/4 x 151 15/16 in.)
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Europe
Culture/People:
Flemish
Provenance:

Offered for sale by Sotheby's, London, on 3 April 1984

Accession Number:
1984.52
Acquisition Date:
1984-08-03
Credit Line:

Museum purchase, Roscoe and Margaret Oakes Income Fund in tribute to Anna and Ralph Bennett for their many years of service to the Museums

Exhibition History:

A Collection Rediscovered: European Tapestries, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young Museum, 1992
Gallery Rotation, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor, 1996 - 1997
Gallery 1 Rotation, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor, 2/04 - 5/06

At the upper left, under the watchful eye of Pilate, who carried a long authoritative wand or scepter, Jesus is led in by a group of richly dressed Jews, identified by turbans, and an armed guard. Jesus' clothing is stripped from him, exposing a body covered with the marks of the flagellation. He is naked except for a loin cloth. Blood drips onto his forehead from beneath a heavy, twisted crown of thorns. In the lower quadrant, Christ is nailed to the cross. One man pierces his right hand. Two others draw ropes taut to secure his feet as a fourth positions a spike to nail them. In the lower corner three men fight over his clothing. In the center. on horseback, wearing a sword and a purse, Pilate holds up his wand as if to point. An angel gathers up the tiny soul of the good thief. Blind Longinus holds the lance that pierces Christ's side; the blood will miraculously restore his sight. The holy women gather at the foot of the cross, including Jesus' mother, fainting in the arms of Saint John, the Magdalen, and two others, possibly Mary, the mother of James the Less, and Salome. Beyond these figures, a man with a cope, perhaps an ecclesiastic, stands with two other men. From Anna Gray Bennett, "Five Centuries of Tapestry: The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco" (San Francisco: Chronicle Books; The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 1976; repr. 1992): 42.

Contemporaneous Works “Art from the same century and country”