The Crucifixion with Donors and Saints Peter and Margaret of Antioch

Workshop of Cornelis Engebrechtsz Netherlandish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 607

Cornelis was the leading painter in the Dutch city of Leiden in the early sixteenth century. This strikingly symmetrical Crucifixion from his workshop combines piety and dramatic energy, pushing emotional effects to an extreme. The figure of Christ is isolated against the darkened sky; his tormented, lifeless body is flanked on either side by the crucified thieves, whose forms are contorted in agony. While the mourning Virgin echoes the posture of her son, indicating her empathic suffering, Saint John gazes up in grief at Christ. The two unidentified donors, probably husband and wife, are physically close to the scene but psychologically detached from it.

The Crucifixion with Donors and Saints Peter and Margaret of Antioch, Workshop of Cornelis Engebrechtsz (Netherlandish, ca. 1460/62–1527), Oil on wood

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