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Gillis Mostaert - The Crucifixion

Auction 1097 - overview Cologne
18.11.2017, 11:00 - Old Master Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture
Estimate: 25.000 € - 30.000 €
Result: 42.160 € (incl. premium)

Gillis Mostaert

The Crucifixion

Oil on panel. 52.5 x 39 cm.

The crucifixion is depicted in the centre of this work with the city of Jerusalem in the background beneath a darkened sky, with the open grave depicted to the left. The central depiction is surrounded by further monochrome scenes painted in brown and grey, with the Last Judgement occupying the upper and lower sections. On the left we see the deposition and the resurrection, and on the right the scenes of Christ appearing before Mary Magdalene and Saint Thomas. The four Evangelists are depicted to the angles.
The central scene of the crucifixion is directly comparable to the work “Christ on the Cross” (32.5 x 25.5 cm, Copenhagen, Statens Museum for Kunst, inv. no. KMSsp168) signed “G. MOSTAERT” (op. cit., p. 142, no. 15). The present work was not able to be included in the list of works published on occasion of the Mostaert exhibition in 2005 (op. cit., p. 142-145), but was exhibited as a newly discovered piece by this master.


Private ownership, Germany.


Ekkehard Mai (ed.): Gillis Mostaert. Ein Antwerpener Maler zur Zeit der Bruegel-Dynastie, Wolfratshausen 2005 (Publikation aus Anlass der Ausstellung im Wallraf-Richartz-Museum der Stadt Köln 15.1.-12.4.2005 und im Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerpen, 7.5.-3.7.2005).


Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne, 2005.