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  • Joos van Cleve
Triptych. Centre: the Deposition from the Cross; Left wing: St John the Baptist with a Donor; Right wing: St Margaret of Antioch with a Donatrix
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Triptych. Centre: the Deposition from the Cross; Left wing: St John the Baptist with a Donor; Right wing: St Margaret of Antioch with a Donatrix 1518 - 19
This elaborate triptych centres around the scene of the Deposition. The drapery and costumes are sumptuous, as was customary for Antwerp paintings of this period. Behind the main scene, the landscape recedes far into the distance. The donors appear in the wings, accompanied by their patrons saints, St John the Baptist and St Margaret of Antioch.They have been identified as Jan Perls, burgomaster of Antwerp, and his wife, Digna de Herde, on the basis of the coats of arms included at the top of the wing panels.

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Altarpiece

An artwork behind a church altar featuring religious scenes or imagery which was usually the focus for the celebration of the Mass.

Triptych

An artwork consisting of three components. It may refer specifically to a work with wings that fold over the central image; this is a common form for altarpieces.

Altarpiece, Triptych

Details

  • Acc. No. NG 1252
  • Medium Oil on panel
  • Size Centre: 106.70 x 71.10 cm; wings 109.20 x 31.80 cm (framed: 149.20 x 203.20 x 10.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1920