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Franz von Stuck

European Art

On View: European Art Galleries, 5th floor
This is one of five Crucifixions that Franz von Stuck painted during the difficult years just before and during World War I. Here, Christ’s sufferings at Golgotha take place not on a high cross but at eye level. Viewers can imagine themselves as part of this intimate scene, under an eclipsed sun, standing close to the haloed Virgin Mary, the crucified thief, and Christ on the cross. The buildings visible in the background suggest an eastern Mediterranean architectural style, acknowledging the historical location of the biblical scene.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: Europe
  • DATES 1917
    DIMENSIONS 46 7/8 x 48 1/4 x 3 3/16 in. (119.1 x 122.6 x 8.1 cm) frame: 47 x 48 1/4 x 3 3/16 in. (119.4 x 122.6 x 8.1 cm) image (site measurement of painting): 41 x 42 1/2 in. (104.1 x 108 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Lower right: "FRANZ/VON/STUCK/1917"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Alfred W. Jenkins
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in European Art Galleries, 5th floor
    CAPTION Franz von Stuck (German, 1863-1928). Golgotha, 1917. Oil on canvas, 46 7/8 x 48 1/4 x 3 3/16 in. (119.1 x 122.6 x 8.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Alfred W. Jenkins, 28.420 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 28.420_SL3.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 28.420_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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