Crucifixion flanked by Saints


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English embroidery, or opus anglicanum (English work), was present across Europe. This small but fine panel, which likely decorated the front of a private altar, presents the Crucifixion of Jesus witnessed by Saint John, the Virgin, and saints James the Greater (with a satchel), Peter (with a key), Paul (with a sword), and Andrew (with an X-shaped cross). Reading from left to right, the coats of arms are those of Hastings, Fitz-Alan, England, Castile-Léon, DeClare, and DeVere. The placement of the arms of King Edward I (r. 1272–1307) and his queen, Eleanor of Castile, date the embroidery to between Edward’s ascension in 1272 and Eleanor’s death in 1290.

Crucifixion flanked by Saints, Silk, British

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