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Post Mortem
© By kind permission of the Crosbie Estate

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Post Mortem About 1950

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Following a period studying under Fernand Léger in Paris, Crosbie returned to Glasgow and after World War II received several commissions for church altarpieces and decorations. ‘Post Mortem’ relates to these works. The Christ figure has five coloured legs which stand for the five continents, and suggest that Christ is part of us all. The style reflects Crosbie’s interest in early Italian art, particularly Piero della Francesca.

Glossary Open


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


When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.

Altarpiece, Commission


  • Acc. No. GMA 4179
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 61.50 x 101.50 cm
  • Credit Presented by the Scottish Arts Council 1997