Værktekst: Cranach produced countless representations of the Crucifixion, both before and after the Reformation. One of the most famous is that from 1503 in Munich (Alte Pinakothek, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen); it is a clearly pre-Reformation work on account of the almost physical obtrusiveness towards the viewer. Cranach’s late Crucifixions, and late works in general, are on the other hand tied to the surface of the picture and make no attempt to reproduce a convincing effect of reality. This Crucifixion is moving in the direction of this flat effect - it is, among other things this that produces the "stiffness" and the emblematic quality in the representation of figures - but it is still a spatial image that formally invites the viewer to participate in the scene. In addition, The Crucifixion is a good example of a motif that could be incorporated without problem into the Reformation repertoire. Luther greatly preferred the historical portrayal of the Crucifixion rather than the iconic in which the Crucifixion is isolated outside time and place.
Teknik: Olie på træ
Proveniens: Overdraget fra Gottorp Slot 1814
Provenance: Acquired 1814
Physical Dimensions: w46.5 x h67 cm (Without frame)
Dansk link: http://www.smk.dk/index.php?id=2900
Dansk Titel: Korsfæstelsen
Rights: Statens Museum for Kunst, http://www.smk.dk/en/copyright/creative-commons/