The Wallace Collection

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The Crucifixion
  • Follower of Peter Paul Rubens (1577 - 1640)
  • The Crucifixion
  • Southern Netherlands
  • possibly late 17th century
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 105.3 x 68.7 cm
  • Inscription: Inscribed in Hebrew, Greek and Latin (Luke XXIII, 38)
  • P71
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  • The painting represents the martyrdom of Christ upon the Cross. The present artist probably based his composition on Rubens’s much larger painting of Christ on the Cross (1613, Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp) that once hung over the door to the sacristy of the Antwerp church of the Recollects, of which there are a number of other variants. The Wallace Collection’s version also reflects knowledge of a drawn composition by Rubens (ca. 1630-31, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam) that was engraved by Paulus Pontius in 1631. The positioning of Christ’s head and body and the rendering of the drapery recall Rubens’s painting in Antwerp, whereas the vertical arrangement of Christ’s arms and the landscape below are more closely related to the 1631 print.