The Crucifixion

Stefano da Verona (Stefano di Giovanni d'Arbosio di Francia) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 603

This deeply affective work combines an austere composition with elegantly varied expressions of grief characteristic of painting at the cosmopolitan court in Milan. Stefano was a leading exponent of the International Gothic style, which owes much to Burgundian sculpture and to French miniature painting. The tooled gold background emulates expensive goldsmith work (the thornless roses are emblems of the Virgin Mary). Mary Magdalen, kneeling in sorrow at the foot of the cross, unusually wears robes lined in expensive ermine fur, suggesting that this painting was destined for an elite patron.

The Crucifixion, Stefano da Verona (Stefano di Giovanni d'Arbosio di Francia) (Italian, Paris or Pavia ca. 1374/75–after 1438 Verona), Tempera on wood, gold ground

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