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Experts have pointed out that Rubens did not intend these three towering crosses to have such a dramatic impact. It was only later that his original panel was mounted in a larger one. However, the work was reproduced in its present form during his lifetime, so the idea of portraying Christ’s death so bleakly is certainly authentic and came from Rubens’s circle, at the very least.

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Title The Three Crosses
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 60.5 cm
Height 96 cm
Artists Schilder: Peter Paul Rubens
Accession number 2517 (OK)
Credits Verworven met de verzameling van / Acquired with the collection of: D.G. van Beuningen 1958 (voormalige collectie / former collection Koenigs)
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1958
Age artist Between 24 and 48 years old
Collector Collector / D.G. van Beuningen
Exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions L'Europe de Rubens (2013)
Material
Object
Geographical origin Southern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Peter Paul Rubens

Siegen 1577 - Antwerpen 1640

The Antwerp painter Peter Paul Rubens was appointed court artist to the Duke of Mantua in Italy at a young age. In 1603 he travelled to Madrid, where he was...

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