European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
The Crucified Christ with the Virgin Mary, Saint John the Evangelist, and Angels with Instruments of the PassionMade in Southern Netherlands (modern Belgium), Europe
Artist/maker unknown, Flemish
1945-25-86a,bPurchased with Museum funds from the George Grey Barnard Collection, 1945
LabelThis sculptural group originally stood over the entrance to the choir or altar area of a church, supported by a massive, wooden (rood) beam or screen. Thus, the group would have occupied the center of the nave and faced the congregation. The central image of the suffering Jesus relates to the saying of Mass at the altar, the Christian rite that celebrates Jesus' sacrifice for the salvation of mankind.
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