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Triptych: The Crucifixion

around 1440, Artist: Rogier van der Weyden



Triptych: The Crucifixion

The scene presented today as the wing of an altarpiece probably originates from a single panel on which the frame was only painted. At an early stage the work was sawn into three pieces so that the depictions of Mary Magdalene and St. Veronica became side-wings of a triptych. The great artistic innovation of van der Weyden may therefore have carried even greater weight in the original version: for the first time he combines all the participants – the crucifixion group, saints and benefactors – in front of a unified landscape in which the idealised view of Jerusalem appears on the horizon.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kabinett 17

Object data

Object Name



Early Netherlandish


around 1440


Rogier van der Weyden (1399 oder 1400 Tournai - 1464 Brüssel) - GND


oak wood


Mitteltafel: middle panel: 96 x 69 cm
wing framed: 101 x 35 cm
wings overall: 96 x 27 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 901


Coll. Leopold Wilhelm

IGS - Kreuzigungsaltar - van der Weiden

OESG - Kreuzigungsaltar - van der Weiden

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