The Crucifixion (c. 1515) by Gerard David

The Crucifixion - David, Gerard - c

Artwork Information

TitleThe Crucifixion
ArtistGerard David
MediumOil on Panel
Dimensions88 x 56 cm
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationThyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain
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About The Crucifixion

Gerard David was a prominent painter during the late 15th and early 16th centuries. His influence on landscape in art is well known, and one of his notable works is “The Crucifixion.” This painting was originally part of a triptych, flanked by Pilate and the Chief Priests on the left and The Virgin, Saint John the Evangelist and the Three Marys on the right.

As a master of the Antwerp guild in 1515, David displayed his brilliant use of color in this artwork. The birds-eye perspective used to showcase Christ’s crucifixion was influenced by a drawing by Spanish mystic John of the Cross. The composition offers an emotive depiction of Christ’s death that’s both powerful and poignant.

David was also characterized as being one among the few who carried forward Bruges’ Renaissance tradition. As such, “The Crucifixion” serves as an exceptional example depicting David’s skillfulness in oil-on-panel artwork with luminous details that bring life to even ordinary subjects.

Overall,”The Crucifixion” is an outstanding representation of David’s unblemished style; it features skillful attention to detail, remarkable quality workmanship and notable coloration displaying him as a prolific artist who rightfully earned his place amongst history’s great painters.

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