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Crucifixion flanked by Saints

Date:
ca. 1270 (probably before 1272)
Culture:
British
Medium:
Silk
Dimensions:
Overall: 7 1/2 x 29 1/4 in. (19.1 x 74.3 cm) Framed: 9 1/2 × 31 × 1 in. (24.1 × 78.7 × 2.5 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered-Ecclesiastical
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.186
  • Description

    English embroidery, or opus anglicanum (English work), was present across Europe. This small but fine panel, which likely decorated the front of a private altar, presents the Crucifixion of Jesus witnessed by Saint John, the Virgin, and saints James the Greater (with a satchel), Peter (with a key), Paul (with a sword), and Andrew (with an X-shaped cross). Reading from left to right, the coats of arms are those of Hastings, Fitz-Alan, England, Castile-Léon, DeClare, and DeVere. The placement of the arms of King Edward I (r. 1272–1307) and his queen, Eleanor of Castile, date the embroidery to between Edward’s ascension in 1272 and Eleanor’s death in 1290.

  • Provenance

    J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)

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