The Crucifixion with Saints and a Donor

Artist: Joos van Cleve (Netherlandish, Cleve ca. 1485–1540/41 Antwerp) and a collaborator

Date: ca. 1520

Medium: Oil on wood

Dimensions: Shaped top: central panel, painted surface 38 3/4 x 29 1/4 in. (98.4 x 74.3 cm); each wing, painted surface 39 3/4 x 12 7/8 in. (101 x 32.7 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941

Accession Number: 41.190.20a–c


In this splendid triptych the talents of a landscape specialist have been combined with those of the figurative painter Joos van Cleve. The setting for the Crucifixion, witnessed by the Virgin, Saint John and the donor with his patron Saint Paul, is a vast landscape whose style is indebted to Joachim Patinir (represented in the adjacent gallery). The panoramic vista unifies the interior. On the left wing are Saints John the Baptist and Catherine, on the right Anthony of Padua and Nicholas of Tolentino. The latter two suggest that the altarpiece was an Italian commission.

The frame is original but regilt.