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The Descent from the Cross

Based on the painting by the Master of the Saint Bartholomew Altarpiece in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. 1445). The panel has been trimmed down along all four edges.

Workshop of the Master of the Saint Bartholomew Altar, German (active Cologne), active c. 1470 - c. 1510

c. 1495-1510

Oil and gold on panel

20 3/16 x 15 9/16 inches (51.3 x 39.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 205, European Art 1100-1500, second floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 744

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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Over the second half of the fifteenth century, Cologne’s painters came increasingly under the influence of the art of the Low Countries. This representation of Christ’s descent from the cross, for example, reinterprets a famous depiction of the same subject by Rogier van der Weyden of Brussels.

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