Christ Carrying the Cross, with the Crucifixion; The Resurrection, with the Pilgrims of Emmaus
Gerard David (Netherlandish, Oudewater ca. 1455–1523 Bruges)
Oil on oak panel
Left wing: 34 1/2 x 11 5/8 in. (87.7 x 29.5 cm), painted surface 34 x 11 in. (86.4 x 27.9 cm); right wing: 34 1/2 x 11 3/4 in. (87.6 x 30 cm), painted surface 34 x 11 1/8 in. (86.4 x 28.2 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 953
Gerard David painted in Bruges all his life. Where he trained is unknown, though his early works show the influence of his northern Netherlandish roots. The Annunciation panels (1975.1.120), which were painted in grisaille to emulate sculpture, originally decorated the reverses of the two Passion scenes and together formed the movable wings of an altarpiece. When the wings were closed, the Virgin Annunciate and the Archangel Gabriel were shown. When opened, on certain feast days, the Christ Carrying the Cross and the Resurrection would have been displayed, flanking a central image, perhaps the Lamentation.
Fourth earl of Ashburnham, Ashburnham Place, England; Henry Willet, Brighton, by 1897; Rodolphe Kann, Paris (d. 1905); [Duveen Brothers, Paris and New York], by 1908. Acquired by Philip Lehman from Duveen in March 1912.
Artist: Gerard David (Netherlandish, Oudewater ca. 1455–1523 Bruges)Date: ca. 1485–90Medium: Tempera and gold leaf on parchment that has been trimmed and laid down on thin walnutAccession: 1975.1.2486On view in:Not on view