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The grief-stricken figures of Mary and Saint John flank the figure of Christ in this Crucifixion scene. With her anguished gaze directed downward, the Mourning Virgin holds one hand to her cheek and, with the other, gestures toward her son. Saint John also gestures toward Christ, but he appears more pensive; one hand on his chin, his gaze meets that of the viewer, encouraging us to observe this tragic moment. The background is divided horizontally, the lower half resembling a wall, the upper half, sky. In the upper reaches of the panel, above the arms of the cross, two weeping angels reflect upon the scene, heightening the impact of the image.
Gift from Kress to the Metropolitan Museum, 1932. Returned from the Metropolitan, 1961.
A box of Xrays of the Kress Collection is on Shelf G in the Vault (6/5/2018).
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