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The Crucifixion, stained glass roundel, after Wierix, Netherlandish, c.1600

Clear glass with brown paint, yellow stain, blue and purple enamel

Diameter: 105mm

Museum number: SG122

Curatorial note

This is an example of the traditional composition with Christ on the cross in the centre, his mother Mary sorrowing to his right and his favourite disciple, St John, on his left. A skull lies at the base of the crucifix in the foreground and in the distance can be seen the buildings of the city of Jerusalem.

The poor quality of the drawing of the figures and the sketchy nature of the background is combined with rather crude use of enamel paints and stickwork shading in this routine workshop product.

The panel is probably after a print by Wierix entitled En Croix, which is inscribed H. W. fexcudit. The positions of the hands are correct as are the tilts of the heads.

Literature

Marie Mauquoy-Hendrickx, Les Estampes de Wierix. Brussels: Bibliothèque royale Albert 1er, 1979. , I,350
Catalogue of the Stained Glass in Sir John Soane's Museum, Special Issue of the Journal of Stained Glass 2004, p. 264


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