Diptych Leaf with the Crucifixion and Flagellation

Frenchearly 14th century (Medieval)

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

The bands of small roses at the top of the two scenes identify this plaque as one of the "Rose Group" of ivories, characterized by their carefully arranged figures and graceful poses. The upper register shows the Crucifixion, with Christ accompanied by Mary and the Roman soldier Longinus (left) and Stephaton, the sponge-bearer, and St. John (right). Below is the scene of the Flagellation, noteworthy for the curved, almost mannered poses of the figures. Originally this panel was paired with a right leaf showing the Deposition and Entombment, now in the British Museum, London.


  • Title: Diptych Leaf with the Crucifixion and Flagellation
  • Date Created: early 14th century (Medieval)
  • Physical Dimensions: w10.5 x h22 x d1.4 cm
  • Type: diptychs
  • Rights: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1908, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
  • External Link: The Walters Art Museum
  • Medium: ivory with traces of paint
  • Provenance: Sale, London, June 10, 1897, no. 70; George Robinson Harding, London, by purchase; Octave Homberg, Paris, 1908, by purchase; Sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 12, 1908, no. 468; Jacques Seligmann, Paris, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1908, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Place of Origin: Paris, France
  • ExhibitionHistory: Religious Art of the Western World. Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas. 1958; Ivory: The Sumptuous Art. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983-1984; Images in Ivory: Precious Objects of the Gothic Age. The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1997; Vive la France! French Treasures from the Middle Ages to Monet. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1999-2000; The Book of Kings: Art, War, and the Morgan Library's Medieval Picture Bible. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Academy of the Arts, Easton, Easton; Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton; The Mitchell Gallery, Annapolis; Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. 2002
  • Artist: French

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