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Preparations for the Crucifixion

Luis de Vargas, Spanish (active Seville and Rome), 1502 - 1568

Made in France, Europe

Mid- 16th century

Oil on panel transferred to canvas

34 5/8 x 30 inches (87.9 x 76.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 354, European Art 1500-1850, third floor (Rubenstein Gallery)

Accession Number:
Cat. 805

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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Images 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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