European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Preparations for the CrucifixionMade in France, Europe
Mid- 16th century
Luis de Vargas, Spanish (active Seville and Rome), 1502 - 1568
Oil on panel transferred to canvas
Cat. 805John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelImages showing Christ in repose on the wood of the Cross as he awaits his Crucifixion rarely appear in Renaissance painting outside Spain. The unidentified figure kneeling in the right foreground is the donor who commissioned Vargas to paint this picture and probably also selected the subject matter.
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