Master of the Berswordt Altar (German, Westphalian, active ca. 1400–1435)
Tempera and gold on wood
23 1/2 x 17 in. (59.7 x 43.2 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1943 (43.161)
This panel was part of an altarpiece from the Neustadter Marienkirche in Bielefeld, Westphalia, where the central section, the Glorification of the Virgin, remains to this day. The Crucifixion was one of thirty scenes proceeding from the Fall of Man to the Last Judgment and forming an unusually extensive narrative cycle on the interior of the altarpiece. The artist was one of the foremost painters of the International Gothic in northwestern Germany.