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This work painted in shades of grey – a technique known as grisaille – was intended to imitate sculptural relief in an architectural setting. The figure is based on prototypes by Rubens, themselves based on a crucifixion painted in Cologne by Goltzius Geldorp who was a Flemish refugee in that city. The engraver P. Pontius made a print of the Rubens painting in 1631, probably the source of the figure in this painting.
oil on canvas
H 241 x W 106 cm
purchased with funds from the Shipley Bequest, 1957