Crucifixion 1988/89

Craigie Aitchison RA1988/1989

Royal Academy of Arts

Royal Academy of Arts
London, United Kingdom

This painting is based on the Christian story of Jesus’s crucifixion (a prevalent theme in Craigie Aitchison’s art) – the artist has said he thinks it’s "one of the most exciting [stories] in the Bible". In this work, Aitchison has pared down narrative detail to evoke dramatic mystery. Although small in scale, the pale glow of the Christ figure is the lynchpin of the composition, unifying the spaces of earth and sky. The diagonal shaft of the foreground tree echoes an anointing beam of light and acts as a reminder that this spiritual subject is rooted in the reality of nature.


  • Title: Crucifixion 1988/89
  • Creator: Craigie Aitchison RA
  • Date Created: 1988/1989
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Photo credit: © Royal Academy of Arts, London; photographer: John Hammond
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Royal Academy Picture Library number: PL000441
  • Physical dimensions: Height: 61 cm, width: 48.2 cm

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