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Statuette group from the crucifixion - Group from the Crucifixion

Group from the Crucifixion

  • Object:

    Statuette group from the crucifixion

  • Place of origin:

    Upper Swabia (made)

  • Date:

    about 1520 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted pinewood

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Emma Rothwell in memory of Mr W.E. Miller in 1940.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This relief which probably formed part if a small side-altarpiece, depicts on the left side, the fainting Virgin supported by St John and one of the three Maries and on the right side the seated St Mary Magdalene is embracing the Cross and another Mary stands beyond her, gazing upwards. The Virgin, her head slightly inclined to her right wrings her hands in mourning, St John, St Mary Magdelene and the figure of Mary beside the Virgin look upward at the (now lost) figure of the Crucified Christ.

This relief is carved from three pieces of wood and the hands and faces of the figures show some trace of the original polychromy under the damaged layers of overpaint

At the time of acquisition the relief was thought to be 'Lower Rhenish or Westphalian; 16th century' however the style of the figures, particularly the distinctive flat and irregular folds of the drapery and the facial types, can be associated with the oeuvre of the sculptor Lux Maurus, who was recorded in Kempten in Upper Swabia between 1515 and 1527.

Physical description

Relief in painted pinewood. To the left the fainting Virgin supported by St John and another woman, to the right St Mary Magdalen seated clasping the base of the Cross and beyond a standing woman. Only the base of the Cross remains. A good deal of the paint is modern by there are remains of old paint and gilding.

Place of Origin

Upper Swabia (made)


about 1520 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted pinewood


Height: 38.5 cm, Width: 57.5 cm

Object history note

Given with Nos 47, 48 and 50, by Miss E Rothwell in memory of Mr W.E. Miller.

Descriptive line

Wood polychrome gilt bohemian 16th cent

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

Jopek, Norbert. German Sculpture 1430-1540, A Catalogue of the Collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London, 2002, cat. no. 45, pp. 101.






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