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The Crucifixion

around 1500/01, Artist: Lucas Cranach d. Ä.



The Crucifixion

This Crucifixion from Vienna’s Abbey of the Scots is considered to be Cranach’s earliest work. In the cruelly realistic treatment of the theme and in the open style of painting with its wild brushstrokes, Cranach’s depiction is fundamentally different from late-Gothic paintings executed in the same period. He was particularly influenced here by Dürer’s series of woodcuts on the apocalypse.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kabinett 16

Object data

Object Name





around 1500/01


Lucas Cranach d. Ä. (1472 Kronach - 1553 Weimar) - GND




58,5 cm × 45 cm
Framed: 67,1 cm × 53,5 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 6905


since 1800 Schottenstift, Vienna; acquired 1934

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