The Crucifixion

Object Details

Title:

The Crucifixion

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown

Culture:

Ottonian

Place(s):

Fulda Germany Mainz Germany (Place created)

Date:

about 1025 - 1050

Medium:

Tempera colors and gold on parchment

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In this scene of the Crucifixion, Jesus hangs on the cross, flanked by his mother and Saint John the Evangelist. With subdued gestures, these witnesses look towards Jesus, whose closed eyes and greenish pallor suggest that he has already died. The illuminator emphasized the importance of Christ's sacrifice by painting a gold rather than a wood cross and by treating the background abstractly, establishing a serene and timeless tone.

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Exhibitions
Monasteries and Manuscripts (April 21 to July 5, 1987)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), April 21 to July 5, 1987
The Crucifixion in Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts (January 30 to April 7, 1996)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), January 30 to April 7, 1996
Byzantium and the West (September 14 to December 5, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), September 14, 2004 to December 5, 2003