Jean de Beaumetz 1335 – 1396

Crucifixion

mixed techniques on panel (60 × 48 cm) — c. 1393 Museum Musée du Louvre, Paris

Jean de Beaumetz biography

This work is linked to John 19:25

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A heavily bleeding Christ on the Cross, surrounded by the three Marys (to the left), John the Evangelist and a praying Carthusian monk.

This panel is one of 26 Jean and his workshop made for the Charterhouse of Champmol in Dijon. There was one panel for each cell in the monastery, plus two for the prior. Jean received the commission in 1388 but did not begin until 1390, because he was too busy with other projects. The panels were finished in 1395, when the gold leaf was applied.

This is one of two surviving panels. The other one is in Cleveland. The oak panels are covered with linen.

The panel is one of the earliest examples of French painting.

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