The Crucifixion with St Jerome and St Dominic and Scenes from the Passion
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The Crucifixion with St Jerome and St Dominic and Scenes from the Passion late 15th or early 16th century
This very small panel shows Christ on the Cross with the anguished figures of the Virgin Mary and St John the Evangelist. Kneeling below are St Jerome and St Dominic, who holds up a rosary. Included in the landscape beyond are scenes from Christ’s Passion (events leading to the Crucifixion) and to the right, the empty tomb. This provides a note of hope for it could also allude to the risen Christ. The panel was one half of a diptych (the other part is in the Boijmans Museum, Rotterdam), the distinctive iconography of which is connected with the Dominican cult of the Rosary.

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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.

Dominican Order

A Roman Catholic religious order founded by St. Dominic in the early 13th century, particularly focused on missionary work and scholarship. It is also known as the Order of Preachers.

Evangelist

The writer of one of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John).  The term is also used to refer to a person aspiring to convert others to the Christian faith.

Rosary

A string of beads or knotted cord used in prayer. It is particularly associated with the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches but is also used in Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.

Altarpiece, Dominican Order, Evangelist, Rosary

Details

  • Acc. No. NG 1253
  • Medium Oil on panel
  • Size 24.40 x 18.40 cm (framed: 31.60 x 25.40 x 5.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1920