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Title Christ Crowned with Thorns
Alternative Title Christ Bearing His Cross
Collection Victoria and Albert Museum
Artist German School
Date Earliest about 1480
Date Latest about 1520
Description From the same altar- piece as 530-1870 (see no. 138). This way of treating the scene, with the two prominent, diagonally crossed bars pressed down upon the crown of thorns, is common in Germany in the 15th century. Acquired, along with 530-1870, as the work of Hubert van Eyck, in 1933 Sir Charles Holmes expressed the view that they were German, 16th century (oral opinion). This is a reasonable attribution: the extensive landscape and the sketchy treatment of the figures in the background could indicate a 16th century date. However, the costume - in particular the very pointed shoes - suggests a slightly earlier origin, perhaps in the late 15th century. The date may reasonably be rendered ca. 1500. These panels show strong Netherlandish influence, particularly that of Dierick Bouts, which is typical of German painting of the period. The place of origin is probably Southern Germany; the closest parallels are Swabian.
Current Accession Number 531-1870
Subject buildings and gardens; townscape; figure; religion (Jesus Christ)
Measurements 32.7 x 19 cm
Material oil on panel (softwood {pine])
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by John M. Parsons 1870.
Publications Kauffmann, C.M., Catalogue of Foreign Paintings, I. Before 1800, London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1973, pp. 123-4, cat. no. 139.
Rights Owner © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Author Ana Debenedetti



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