The Crucifixion

Gerard David Netherlandish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 636

In this depiction of Christ’s Crucifixion, the Church Father Saint Jerome, who translated the Bible into Latin, appears to visualize the scene based on his reading of scripture. True to the account of the Gospels, David has provided an appropriate sense of time and space. The sky is darkened at the moment of Christ’s death on Golgotha (literally, “the place of the skull”), and the holy city of Jerusalem with its prominent Church of the Holy Sepulcher forms the backdrop.

#2660. The Crucifixion

The Crucifixion, Gerard David (Netherlandish, Oudewater ca. 1455–1523 Bruges), Oil on wood

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