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Relief - The Virgin at the foot of the Cross

The Virgin at the foot of the Cross

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This group is showing the Virgin at the foot of the Cross. Mary Magdalene is wearing a fashionable costume of the period. At the back the wood is shaped so that the group could slot into a larger altarpiece.
This group is carved in the 19th century and is imitating a sculpture made around 1500 in a late Gothic style.

Physical description

The Virgin has fallen down in a kneeling position. St Mary Magdalene and St. John support her. In the foreground a skull.

Place of Origin

Netherlands (made)


19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques



Height: 72.7 cm, Width: 45.72 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Historical context note

Part of a larger altarpiece.

Descriptive line

Group, oak, The Virgin at the foot of the Cross, Netherlands, carved in the 19th century imitating a 16th century sculpture

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 86
Trusted, Marjorie, ed. The Making of Sculpture. The Materials and Techniques of European Sculpture. London: 2007, p. 177, pl. 328
Maskell, A. Wood Sculpture. London, 1911, pp. 125 and pl. XVI

Production Note

imitating a 1500 sculpture in late Gothic style



Subjects depicted

Cross; Skull


Christianity; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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