The Crucifixion

Object Details

Title:

The Crucifixion

Artist/Maker(s):

Antoine Coypel (French, 1661 - 1722)

Culture:

French

Date:

1692

Medium:

Red and black chalk with white gouache heightening

Dimensions:

40.5 x 58.1 cm (15 15/16 x 22 7/8 in.)

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And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom; and the earth shook, and the rocks were split; the tombs also were opened and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. (Matthew 27: 51-52)

Choosing to represent the dramatic moment Christ died on the cross, Antoine Coypel used strong contours, thick, parallel hatching, and judicious applications of white heightening to give this drawing power. His fluid white accents create the lightning implied in the biblical passage, providing a supernatural spotlight on the crosses and Christ's stricken followers.

Provenance

Alfred-Emanuel-Louis Beurdeley, 1847 - 1919

June 10, 1920

Galerie Georges Petit, lot 289

Private Collection (France)

May 27, 1987

Hôtel Drouot, lot 96

Art Market (London)

Exhibitions
French Master Drawings (December 3, 1991 to February 16, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), December 3, 1991 to February 16, 1992
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993) (31)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), May 24 to August 8, 1993
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994) (101)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
Red Chalk Drawings (March 16 to May 30, 1999) (101)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 16 to May 30, 1999
Between Heaven and Earth: Images of Christ and the Virgin (March 19 to June 29, 2003) (101)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 19 to June 29, 2003
La querelle du coloris. Poussin versus Rubens. L'art de peindre a la fin du XVIIIème siècle (May 6 to September 1, 2004) (13; catalogue by E. Delapierre and M. Gilles)
  • Musée des Beaux-Arts (Arras), March 6 to June 14, 2004