CRUZ, Diego de la
(documented 1482-1500 in Burgos)
Christ between the Virgin and St John the Evangelist1475-80
Oil on pine panel, 136 x 114 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid
Christ as the Man of Sorrows is depicted with the wounds of his Passion, resurrected and seated on his tomb. This was a widely disseminated image in northern and central Europe at this period, intended for private meditation on Christ's suffering.
Diego de la Cruz is one of the most outstanding representatives of Hispano-Flemish painting. He co-worked with Gil de Siloé decorating altarpieces, and they produced outstanding works. This painting reveals the Germanic influence which the artist shared with Gil de Siloé.