Triptych of the Descent from the Cross

Marcellus Coffermans16 Century

Museo Lázaro Galdiano

Museo Lázaro Galdiano
Madrid, Spain

This small triptych, signed "Marcelius / koffermans / fecit" in gold letters, is a classic sequential narrative running from left to right: Christ carrying the cross, Christ nailed to the cross, and the descent from the cross. Marcellus Coffermans, the first neo-Gothic painter to come from the Netherlands, based the triptych (as he usually did) on 15th- and early 16th-century northern European art. The most easily recognizable is Van der Weyden’s The Descent from the Cross, which can be seen here in a vertical composition. The other two scenes are based on engravings by Schongauer.


  • Title: Triptych of the Descent from the Cross
  • Creator: Marcellus Coffermans
  • Date Created: 16 Century
  • Physical Dimensions: 28 x 30,5 cm.
  • Provenance: Lazaro Galdiano Museum
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: © Museo Lázaro Galdiano
  • Medium: Oil on panel

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