The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Crucifixion

Object Details

Title:

The Crucifixion

Artist/Maker:

Unknown maker, French

Culture:

French

Place:

Lorraine/Burgundy, France (Place Created)

Date:

about 1500–1510

Medium:

Pot-metal, flashed, and colorless glass, vitreous paint, and silver stain; lead came

Object Number:

2003.53.1

Dimensions:

225 × 64 × 1 cm (88 9/16 × 25 3/16 × 3/8 in.)

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Object Description

This monumental panel, along with that of Saint Christopher and a Donor also owned by the museum, probably once decorated a chapel. Both are from a large window in which the Crucifixion was in the center and the Saint Christopher at the right. The third panel, which would have been on the left, is lost. Here, the crucified Christ is flanked by the Virgin Mary and Saint John, two chalice-bearing angels collect blood from the upper wounds, and another chalice is at the foot of the cross above the skull of Adam. The figures are set against a deep panoramic landscape within an elaborate high Gothic niche with a donor’s coat of arms at the base and with shield-bearing and musician angels on the pinnacles above. The armorial of the shield comprises two quarters with three black wolf heads on a white field (ground), two quarters with a black cross moline (arms of equal length with forked ends) set between three gold scallops on a white field, and a center escutcheon with a gold fleur-de-lis on a blue field.

Provenance
Provenance
- 2003

Sam Fogg Rare Books & Manuscripts, English (London), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Images in Light: Newly Acquired Stained Glass (October 28, 2003 to April 4, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 28, 2003 to April 4, 2004
Bibliography
Bibliography

Michael, Michael. Images in Light: Stained Glass, 1200-1550 (London: Sam Fogg, 2002), pp. 68-71, 118, no. 28.

Raguin, Virginia Chieffo. Stained Glass: Radiant Art (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2013), pp. 16-17, 24-25, 37, figs. 7, 14.