This is the central panel of an altarpiece showing the Crucifixion, with background scenes relating to the Passion . The shutters of the altarpiece depict other scenes surrounding the crucifixion: Christ led from the Praetorium on the left wing, while the right wing shows The Descent from the Cross.

The donor in the central panel has been thought to belong to a Charterhouse, St Bartholomew in Jerusalem, near Delft.

The tower in the left background of the central panel is that of the New Church, Delft. It was completed as shown here in 1496, and altered in 1536.


  • Title: The Crucifixion: Central Panel
  • Creator: Master of Delft
  • Date Created: about 1510
  • Physical Dimensions: 98.2 x 105 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil with some egg tempera on oak
  • School: Netherlandish
  • More Info: Explore the National Gallery’s paintings online
  • Inventory number: NG2922.1
  • Artist Dates: active early 16th century
  • Artist Biography: Both the 'Scenes from the Passion' in the Collection and the wings of a composite altarpiece (private collection, Cologne) indicate that this painter was working in Delft in the early 16th century, hence the name. The Master of Delft may also have been employed on woodcuts for book illustrations.
  • Acquisition Credit: Presented by Earl Brownlow, 1913

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