The Crucifixion

Unknownabout 1500–1510

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

This monumental panel, along with that of Saint Christopher and a Donor also owned by the museum, probably once decorated a chapel. Both are from a large window in which the Crucifixion was in the center and the Saint Christopher at the right. The third panel, which would have been on the left, is lost. Here, the crucified Christ is flanked by the Virgin Mary and Saint John, two chalice-bearing angels collect blood from the upper wounds, and another chalice is at the foot of the cross above the skull of Adam. The figures are set against a deep panoramic landscape within an elaborate high Gothic niche with a donor’s coat of arms at the base and with shield-bearing and musician angels on the pinnacles above. The armorial of the shield comprises two quarters with three black wolf heads on a white field (ground), two quarters with a black cross moline (arms of equal length with forked ends) set between three gold scallops on a white field, and a center escutcheon with a gold fleur-de-lis on a blue field.


  • Title: The Crucifixion
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: about 1500–1510
  • Location Created: Lorraine/Burgundy, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 225 × 64 × 1 cm (88 9/16 × 25 3/16 × 3/8 in.)
  • Type: Stained glass
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Pot-metal, flashed, and colorless glass, vitreous paint, and silver stain; lead came
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 2003.53.1
  • Culture: French
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown maker, French
  • Classification: Decorative Art (Art Genre)

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