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  • Place of origin:

    Castile (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1567 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This relief was cast from a mould, and is from the same workshop as A. 100-1929, whose frame is dated 1567, which gives a probable date for this work. Stylistically, this piece is in the tradition of Castilian sculpture of the mid-sixteenth century, and although relatively crude and on a much smaller scale, it is related to works such as the crucifixion group of about 1544 by Francisco Giralte (1490/1500-1576) on the high altar of Villabrágima (Valladolid). The twisting pose of St John can also be compared with the work of Juan de Juni (c. 1507-1577).

Physical description

Relief in painted Papier-Maché representing the Crucifixion. Christ is suspended on the cross, with the Virgin on the left, and St John the Evangelist on the right. At the foot of the cross is a skull and bones. This has been overpainted, and the nail heads holding it to the wood backing are visible. Surface cracks are evident on Christ's halo, and at the base of the cross. Woodworm holes are to be seen on the reverse.

Place of Origin

Castile (made)


ca. 1567 (made)




Height: 36.1 cm with frame, Height: 30.6 cm without frame, Width: 29.2 cm with frame, Width: 23.8 cm without frame, Depth: 3..4 cm with frame

Descriptive line

Relief, Crucifixion; Papier mache Spanish Castile about 1567.

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

Trusted, Marjorie. Spanish Sculpture : Catalogue of the Post-Medieval Spanish Sculpture in Wood, Terracotta, Alabaster, Marble, Stone, Lead and Jet in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1996. p. 51. cat. no. 16.




Sculpture; Reliefs; Christianity


Sculpture Collection

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