The Crucifixion of Christ

Artist: Hans Speckaert (Netherlandish, Brussels ca. 1540–1577 Rome)

Date: before 1577

Medium: Pen and brown and ink, brush and brown ink, heightened with white gouache; on blue paper

Dimensions: 16-1/4 x 10-3/8 in. (41.3 x 26.4 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Purchase, Rogers and Harris Brisbane Dick Funds, Gifts of Ernest Shapiro and family, Mrs. Henry J. Bernheim, and Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney, and Jacob H. Schiff Bequest, by exchange, and funds from various donors, 1999

Accession Number: 1999.85


Hans Speckaert was one of several Northern Mannerist painters working in Rome in the sixteenth century. His close study of the art of Michelangelo, Raphael, and other Italian Renaissance masters informs the muscular, monumental figures in this Crucifixion. Two other drawings of this subject made by Speckaert, perhaps in preparation for a painting, are more sedate. Speckaert's art strongly influenced his Northern contemporaries, as can be seen, in particular, in the drawings of Bartholomeus Spranger, Hans von Aachen, and Karel van Mander.