German circa 1500 and 19th century
A German crucifixion relief, circa 1500 with 19th century additions
Carved from nine wooden blocks and mounted on a base panel. The older and younger elements all presumably with original polychromy, the newer base with ornamental gilding. In this depiction of the crucifixion, the three crosses with Christ and the two thieves especially stand out due to their polychromy, anatomy, proportions, and facial features. These three pieces are considered to be late Gothic works which have been encorporated into a large 19th century relief of Mount Calvary with mourners and soldiers beneath the cross and five smaller figures of prophets and angels, whereby the design and rendering of the newer elements is clearly orientated on that of the elder pieces.
Very minor signs of wear, losses to the gilding of the base. 100 x 58 x 14 cm.
All proceeds from the sale of this work will be donated to the Cardinal Meisner Foundation, Cologne.