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ID number: BIRBI-60.8
Institution: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker: circle of Memling, Hans (about 1430-1494)
Title / Object name: Christ on the Cross, with a donor
Object type: Painting
Place made: probably Bruges
Date made: the 1480s
Materials: Oil on wood
Measurements: 44 x 33 cm
Provenance: Hoogendijk, Amsterdam, 1927; Bottenweisser, Paris, 1937; H. A. Buttery, 1946; H. E. M. Benn, Bradford, 1946; purchased from H. E. M. Benn in 1960 for £4,000.
The artist, a follower of Memling (died 1494) derives his name from the shutters of an altarpiece at Ghent, which are painted with scenes from the life of St Ursula. The crucified Christ is here silhouetted against the sky, as was common in Netherlandish painting, in a minutely observed landscape, which includes Jerusalem behind and, on the hill to the left, the agony in the garden (compare with Cima's Christ on the Cross, Bay 1). The donor's spiritual nearness to Christ is emphasised by showing them of equal size and in the same plane.
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