Jan van Eyck and Workshop Assistant / The Crucifixion; The Last Judgment / ca. 1430Jan van Eyck and Workshop Assistant
The Crucifixion; The Last Judgment
ca. 1430

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Creator Name: Eyck, Jan van
Creator Nationality: European; Netherlandish
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Netherlandish, active by 1422, died 1441
Creator Name-CRT: Jan van Eyck and Workshop Assistant
Title: The Crucifixion; The Last Judgment
View: Full View, Crucifixion
Creation Start Date: 1420
Creation End Date: 1440
Creation Date: ca. 1430
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: Oil on canvas, transferred from wood
Dimensions: Each 22 1/4 x 7 2/3 in. (56.5 x 19.7 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 33.92ab
Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1933
Rights: http://www.metmuseum.org/

These pictures juxtaposing Christ's sacrifice for the salvation of mankind with the Last Judgment are early works by Jan van Eyck, the most celebrated painter of fifteenth-century Europe. The 'Crucifixion' is presented as an eyewitness account set against a distant landscape, astonishing for its depth and subtlety of description. In contrast, the 'Last Judgment' is organized hieratically in three tiers, with the scale of the figures manipulated to indicate their relative importance. The texts on the original frames are given form in the pictures with remarkable literalness, establishing a play between word and image that would have been admired by contemporaries. The upper half of the 'Last Judgment' was painted in part by an assistant.

AMICA ID: MMA_.33.92ab
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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