Christ Nailed to the Cross, c. 1513

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When Albrecht Altdorfer created this woodcut for a tiny book, the Passion had been uppermost in devotions for a full century. The intimate scale makes clear its role in private meditation, as does the brilliantly foreshortened Christ, whose head extends beyond the frame and into the viewer's lap. Such a device was intended to stir pity for, if not complicity in, Christ's death.

Christ Nailed to the Cross
Artist Life
c. 1480-1538
Accession Number
d'Arenberg, R. Scholtz, P.J.S.
Catalogue Raisonne
B.28, 74
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