Descent from the Cross, Limewood with paint, South Netherlandish

Descent from the Cross

ca. 1475–1500
Made in Brussels, The Netherlands
South Netherlandish
Limewood with paint
Overall: 22 5/8 x 13 3/16 x 6 1/4 in. (57.5 x 33.5 x 15.9 cm)
with base: 23 5/8 x 13 3/4 x 6 1/4 in. (60 x 35 x 15.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1916
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305
In the fifteenth century the theme of the Deposition of Christ from the Cross, part of the Easter narrative, was often represented in liturgical dramas on Good Friday. Small reliefs like this one were usually part of a large altarpiece. The original paint is exceptionally well preserved.
Georges Hoentschel (French); J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (until 1917)
Wixom, William D. "Late Medieval Sculpture in the Metropolitan: 1400 to 1530." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 64, no. 4 (Spring 2007). p. 40.

Woods, Kim. Imported Images: Netherlandish Late Gothic Sculpture in England, c.1400-c.1550. Donington: Shaun Tyas, 2007. p. 512.