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Triptych with the Passion of Christ

ca. 1475–85
South German
Mother-of-pearl, gilt wood frame, silk backing, and tooled leather covering
Overall (closed): 8 5/16 x 4 9/16 x 1 5/8 in. (21.2 x 11.6 x 4.2 cm) Overall (open): 8 3/8 x 9 7/16 x 7/8 in. (21.2 x 24 x 2.2 cm) wings: 8 3/8 x 2 3/16 x 5/8 in. (21.2 x 5.6 x 1.6 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 2006
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 19
This appears to be the only intact devotional triptych to survive that is decorated with mother-of-pearl plaques in openwork relief. By focusing on each scene, the owner would have been able to follow the narrative of the final moments leading up to the Crucifixion of Jesus. Curiously, the story begins in the second scene from the top at the left and proceeds clockwise. Above and below the central scene are symbols of the authors of the Gospels, and also images of Jesus and of Saint Michael slaying the dragon.
Dr. and Mrs. Wolfgang Huck, Berlin-Dahlem (coll. mainly assembled 1920s) ; [ Blumka Gallery, New York (sold 2006)]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cranach's Saint Maurice," April 20–July 27, 2015.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 2006-2007." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 65, no. 2 (Fall 2007). p. 18.

Barnet, Peter, and Nancy Y. Wu. The Cloisters: Medieval Art and Architecture. 75th Anniversary ed. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. p. 143.

Stein, Wendy A. How to Read Medieval Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2016. no. 2, pp. 24–27.

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