The Crucifixion

Master of the Berswordt Altar German

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 603

Emotion conveyed through elegantly stylized figures is a trait The Crucifixion shares with other works of the so-called courtly (or International) style that prevailed in Europe in the years around 1400. It is from an imposing altarpiece that included thirty narrative scenes around a central panel of the Madonna and Child. The main panel is still in the Neustädter Marienkirche in Bielefeld, Westphalia. The artist was one of the foremost painters in northwest Germany, and notably incorporated influences from French and Burgundian manuscripts.

The Crucifixion, Master of the Berswordt Altar (German, Westphalian, active ca. 1400–35), Oil, egg(?), and gold on plywood, transferred from wood

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