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Rogier van der Weyden: The Crucifixion

Rogier van der Weyden 1399/1400 – 1464

The Crucifixion

oil on panel (101 × 70 cm (central panel)) — c. 1445 Museum Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Rogier van der Weyden biography

This work is linked to John 19:25

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The left panel shows Mary Magdalene, the right panel St. Veronica. In the middle, from left to right: John the Apostle, Mary, and the couple who paid for the painting.

The emotional state of the women is remarkable - Mary, mother of Christ, is the more emotional party, while Mary Magdalene is the more subdued. This is traditionally the other way round.

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