The Crucifixion

Francesco Granacci (Francesco di Andrea di Marco) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 609

This richly detailed triptych was intended for private devotion; an old inventory label on the back indicates that it once belonged to the Stiozzi Ridolfi family. When closed, it could be easily transported. When opened, it offered three scenes for meditation relating to death, resurrection, and the Last Judgment; note how one of the resurrected figures in the Last Judgment looks directly at the viewer. Although the figure scale is inconsistent, the northern-inspired landscape is continuous in all three panels. The superscription at the top of the cross, reading “Jesus Christ King of the Jews,” is rendered in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin letters

The Crucifixion, Francesco Granacci (Francesco di Andrea di Marco) (Italian, Villamagna 1469–1543 Florence), Tempera and gold on wood

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