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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,...
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art