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Crucifixion of Christ

Crucifixion of Christ

Maker: Jan van Eyck (in circa 1440-1450)

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  • Tom Caley asked

    Do you have any analytical data on the metal used in this drawing, please?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hello Tom, in our webshop we have a Boijmans Study about this drawing, you can order it via this link: https://webshop.boijmans.nl/EN/webshop/boijmans-studies/0/1/99842. Greetings, Sarie.


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This extraordinary early drawing was discovered in 2011 during the preparations for the museum’s exhibition The Road to Van Eyck (2012-13). It caused a sensation in the art world and attracted considerable media attention, as well as visitors. Afterwards it was acquired from the private owners - three brothers whose late father had bought the drawing in a small village sale in 1971 for only ten guilders (4.5 euro) - just in time to be also included in the exhibition Bosch to Bloemaert. Early Netherlandish Drawings in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the accompanying catalogue (2014). The drawing was the subject of a special publication in the Boijmans Studies series, An Eyckian Crucifixion Explored. Ten Essays on a Drawing (2016) and was exhibited along with Van Eyck’s New York Crucifixion diptych in A New Look at a Van Eyck Masterpiece in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2016). [ text: Albert Elen 2021 ]

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Title Crucifixion of Christ
Material and technique Goldpoint, silverpoint, pen and black ink on prepared paper
Object type
Drawing > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 254 mm
Width 187 mm
Artists Maker: Jan van Eyck
: Anoniem
Accession number MB 2014/T 1 (PK)
Credits Purchased with the support of Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rembrandt Association (thanks to its Dura Kunstfonds), Mondriaan Fund and VSBfonds, 2014
Department Drawings & Prints
Acquisition date 2014
Creation date in circa 1440-1450
Internal exhibitions De weg naar Van Eyck / The Road to Van Eyck (2012)
External exhibitions Bosch to Bloemaert. Early Netherlandish Drawings from the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (2014)
Bosch to Bloemaert. Early Netherlandish Drawings (2017)
Van Eyck. Een optische revolutie (2020)
Prepare > Prepared > Shaping techniques > General technique > Technique > Material and technique
Prepare > Prepared > Shaping techniques > General technique > Technique > Material and technique

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Jan van Eyck

Maaseik circa 1390/1399 - Brugge 1441

Jan van Eyck worked at various royal courts, and was, for example, court painter to Philip the Good of Burgundy. It is suggested that Jan van Eyck discovered...

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