Crucifixion Altarpiece, c. 1445
by Rogier van der WEYDEN

The Crucifixion Triptych, like the Seven Sacraments Altarpiece, is impressive in its composition. The two are linked not only by the use of a painted golden frame structure in the picture (not found, or not yet found, in any other surviving works by Rogier), but also in the style of the underdrawing. Both works may have been created at roughly the same time, and the dating of the triptych to around 1445, on dendrochronological evidence, would support that theory. Certainly the designs of both pictures derive from Rogier himself, but his assistants seem to have been involved in the execution, and perhaps did some of the preparatory underdrawing as well. The figures of the triptych are executed to a very high standard.

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Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
Crucifixion Triptych
c. 1445
Oil on oak panel, 101 x 70 cm (central panel), 101 x 35 cm (each wing)
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

1273*850
True Color
197 Kb



Crucifixion Triptych (left wing)
c. 1445
Oil on oak panel, 101 x 35
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

469*1600
True Color
108 Kb



Crucifixion Triptych (central panel)
c. 1445
Oil on oak panel, 101 x 70 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

668*932
True Color
132 Kb



Crucifixion Triptych (right wing)
c. 1445
Oil on oak panel, 101 x 35
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

454*1600
True Color
110 Kb



Crucifixion Triptych (detail)
c. 1445
Oil on oak panel
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

724*1244
True Color
161 Kb




Summary of works by Rogier van der Weyden
Altarpieces
Deposition | St Luke Madonna | Annunciation | Miraflores
7 Sacraments | Crucifixion | Bladelin (Middelburg) | Beaune
Braque | St Columba | St John | Various altarpieces
Portraits
Portrait diptychs | Individual portraits
Single panels
Pietŕs | Various | Fragments, copies of last works
Graphics