Arma Christi

South Netherlandish

Not on view

The crosses on which Jesus and the two thieves were executed appear, improbably, against a rich backdrop of flowers. Around the crosses are objects linked to the suffering and death of Jesus—or Instruments of the Passion—including the scourges used to whip him, the crown of thorns placed mockingly on his head, the cloth with which Veronica wiped his face, and the nails that affixed him to the cross. Judging from its subject and dimensions, this hanging was used on a church altar. The coats of arms at lower left and right are those of the dukes of Segorbe; the textile was likely commissioned by Enrique II of Aragon (duke of Villena and Segorbe in 1472–died 1522) or his son Alfonso.

Arma Christi, Wool warp;  wool, silk, silver, and gilt wefts, South Netherlandish

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