Angels Bearing the Column of the Passion

Friedrich Sustrisabout 1580–1590

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Three winged angels carry a Corinthian column through the clouds. Symbolizing one of the instruments of Christ's Passion, the column represents the pillar against which Christ was flogged.

Friedrich Sustris produced this drawing in preparation for a series of twenty-five etched glass panels that formed the door of a reliquary shrine in the royal chapel of the Munich Residenz. Six of the panels, including this one, show angels with symbols of the Passion. Sustris's drawing style gave clues to aid the craftsman who transformed this image into an etched panel. The dark outlines of the angels and the column would have been carved more deeply into the glass than the lightly drawn edges of the clouds.


  • Title: Angels Bearing the Column of the Passion
  • Creator: Friedrich Sustris
  • Date Created: about 1580–1590
  • Location Created: Holland
  • Physical Dimensions: 16.7 × 20.6 cm (6 9/16 × 8 1/8 in.)
  • Type: Drawing
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Pen and dark brown ink and gray wash
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 86.GA.8
  • Culture: Dutch
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Friedrich Sustris (Dutch, about 1540 - 1599)
  • Classification: Drawings (Visual Works)

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