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Crucifixion Triptych – Audience of Birds

Photo credit: The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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This is one of the few surviving fourteenth-century triptychs from Northern Europe. The main panel shows the Crucifixion, above scenes of Christ washing the Apostles’ feet, the Agony in the Garden and the Resurrection. The wings show further biblical stories, and the Death of the Virgin. The small scale of the individual scenes recalls manuscript illumination. The presence of three Franciscan saints, including Francis himself (shown preaching to the birds) suggests a connection with this monastic order.

The Courtauld Gallery

London


Date

c.1374

Medium

tempera on panel

Measurements

H 41.5 x W 24.6 cm

Accession number

P.1947.LF.109.6

Acquisition method

bequeathed by Arthur Hamilton, Viscount Lee of Fareham, 1947

Work type

Painting


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The Courtauld Gallery

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