Hans Holbein the Younger 1497/8 – 1543

The Passion of Christ

oil on panel (150 × 130 cm) — ca. 1524 Museum Kunstmuseum, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel

Hans Holbein the Younger biography

This work is linked to Luke 22:1

Four panels depicting scenes from the Passion.

Top row, from left to right: on the Mount of Olives, the Arrest in the Garden, Before Caiaphas, and the Scourging.

Bottom row, from left to right: the Crowning with Thorns, the Via Crucis, the Crucifixion, and the Entombment.

Originally these were two wings of an altarpiece. It was probably made to fit a niche in Basel's Minster church. It was commissioned by Maria Zscheckenbürlin, a widow who ordered an altar in the niche.

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