Four Scenes from the Passion

Artist: Follower of Bernard van Orley (Netherlandish, ca. 1520)

Medium: Oil on wood

Dimensions: 11 3/4 x 11 3/8 in. (29.8 x 28.9 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941

Accession Number: 41.190.14


This panel was probably the centerpiece of a small triptych intended to assist its owner in the empathetic experience of Christ's Passion. Depicted in four delicately painted miniature scenes are the Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, Christ Bearing the Cross, the Crucifixion, and the Lamentation. In this densely ornamental work, elaborate fictive frames with statues of Old Testament prophets in Gothic niches surround the narrative episodes that are close in style to paintings by Bernard van Orley. The poses and gestures of the figures also reveal an acquaintance with Albrecht Dürer's Engraved Passion of 1507–12.