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Christ on the Cross with the Magdalen, the Virgin Mary and Saint John the Evangelist

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Eustache LE SUEUR , 1616 - 1655

Christ on the Cross with the Magdalen, the Virgin Mary and Saint John the Evangelist


Short title: Christ on the Cross with the Virgin and Saints
Date: about 1643
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 109 x 73.1 cm
Acquisition credit: Bought, 1994

The pallor of the Virgin Mary, the gesture of Saint John clutching his cloak and the yearning posture of the kneeling Magdalen express the agony of their grief. Attention is concentrated on the carefully rendered form of the dying Christ. At the same time Le Sueur's use of colour - for example the shot draperies of the Magdalen's dress - show the artist producing an image intended to be beautiful as well as moving.

Themes

Grief

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