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The Crucifixion with the Virgin and St John  1625

by Hendrick ter Brugghen

This powerful image was probably painted for a Catholic "hidden church" in Ter Brugghen’s city of Utrecht, where Catholicism was tolerated but not encouraged. The artist, a Protestant, recaptures the devotional intensity of earlier German and Dutch altarpieces in his stark composition and in the angular figure of Christ. However, the rhythmic draperies, convincing volumes,...
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Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art