Gerard David, Netherlandish (active Bruges), first documented 1484, died 1523

Made in Netherlands (historical name, 15th-16th century), Europe

c. 1515-1520

Oil on panel

34 1/4 x 25 5/8 inches (87 x 65.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 219, European Art 1100-1500, second floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 328

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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The Virgin, John the Evangelist, and Mary Magdalene here mourn over the body of Christ on the hilltop of Golgotha. The city of Jerusalem is depicted in the left background, although the landscape shows the fertile green hills and valleys of the Low Countries. This subject was extremely popular among artists in Bruges, and several versions of it exist by Gerard David and others.

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