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Altdorfer, Albrecht (1480-1538)
Movement: Renaissance (Northern)
Theme: New Testament
Technique: Oil on wood
Museum: Museum of Fine Arts
Dimensions: 75 x 57,5 cm
The painting was commissioned by Peter Maurer, Provost of Sankt Florian for his private chapel.
The Crucifixion is a composition with numerous figures depicted against a golden background. This works illustrates very fully his fresh manner of representation and narration. Altdorfer painted several Crucifixions, but it is possible, on stylistic grounds, to date this version to around 1520. The symmetrical arrangement, with the cross in the centre of the composition, the crowd surging round it and the golden background (an unusual feature with Altdorfer) give the work a peculiarly archaic character. As in some of his engravings, the painter borrowed several of the figures and motifs from Mantegna.
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