Franz von Stuck
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.
Oil on canvas
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)
Lower right: "FRANZ/VON/STUCK/1917"
Gift of Alfred W. Jenkins
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)
overall, 28.420_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.