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Simon Bening (Flemish, about 1483 - 1561)
about 1525 - 1530
Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment
Leaf: 16.8 x 11.4 cm (6 5/8 x 4 1/2 in.)
The re-telling of Jesus' Passion in this
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Reproducing the scene as described in the Gospels, the artist Simon Bening painted an evocative nocturnal landscape, setting the tone for the mournful event. Skulls at the foot of the cross, identifying the site as Mount Golgotha, further contribute to the eeriness.