The National Museum of Western Art

update 03 July 2017

on display Permanent Collection

Joos van Cleve [c. 1485 - 1540/41]

Triptych: The Crucifixion Flanked by the Kneeling Donor and His Wife

DateFirst half of the 16th century
Materials/Techniquesoil on panel
Size (cm)Center: 116 x 83; Wings: 117 x 36 (each)
Credit LinePurchased
Standard ref.Hand 57
CategoryPaintings
Collection NumberP.1976-0003
Triptych: The Crucifixion Flanked by the Kneeling Donor and His Wife

This is an example of a triptych: a work of art consisting of a central panel flanked by two movable panels. Set against a landscape that extends across all three panels, we have at the center a depiction of the Crucifixion. On the panels on either side, the donor couple is shown kneeling in prayer. The artist Joos van Cleve was active in Antwerp during the first half of the sixteenth century. The extensive panorama that incorporates such details as the oddly shaped rocks is characteristic of Flemish landscape painting of the time. (Source: Gallery label, July 2016)

Provenance

Thomas Harris, London, 1929; Madame Castro, ?Portgal Dr. José Gomez Garcia Pulido, Beja, Portugal, by 1962; Auc. Christie's, London, 26 November 1976, lot no. 39; Purchased by the NMWA, 1977.

Exhibition History

1978
European Landscape Painting, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 14 September 1978 - 26 October 1978, cat. no. 5, repr.
1978
European Landscape Painting, Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, Kofu, 3 November 1978 - 15 January 1979, cat. no. 5
1995
[Exhibition for Children] Exploring Mysterious Painted World, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 11 July 1995 - 10 September 1995
2000
Tanka at the National Museum of Western Art: An Encounter between Poet and Art, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 25 July 2000 - 29 October 2000, cat. no. 12

Bibliography

1934
Friedländer, Max J. Die altniederländische Malerei. Bd. 9, Leiden, 1934, p. 128, no. 13.
1972
Friedländer, Max J. Early Netherlandish Painting. vol. 9/a, Leiden; Brussel, 1972, pp. 53, 54, no. 13, pl. 27.
1976
Important Old Master Pictures (auc. cat.). Christie's, 26 November 1976. London, 1976, no. 39, pl.w/detail.
1977
Yamada, Chisaburo. Sekai no okushon ni erabu "kuusou no bijutsukan" 24. Geijutsu Shincho. Tokyo, 1977. 2, pp. 106-107, col. repr.
1978
Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1978 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 10, col. repr.
1979
Annual Bulletin of the National Museum of Western Art. No. 11 (1976), 1979, Koshi, Koichi. New acquisitions 1976 (Painting). pp. 4-8, New acquisitions (Catalogue). pp. 18-19, repr.
1979
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo: Catalogue of paintings. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1979, no. 42, repr.
2004
Hand, John Oliver. Joos Van Cleve: The Complete Paintings, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004, no. 57, fig.137.
2013
Masterpieces: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2013 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 10, col. repr.

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