Aug 7, 2006

The Passion: Christ on the Cross

The Passion: Christ on the Cross

c. 1480

Martin Schongauer

(German, c.1450–1491)


Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1930.525

Catalogue raisonné: Lehrs V.151.27


Did you know?

The skull that lies on the ground behind Saint John alludes to the Golgotha, the site of Christ's crucifixion, also believed to be the place where Adam died.


Martin Schongauer's series of the Passion of Christ was his largest set of engravings, made around 1480, and extensively copied across Europe. It consists of twelve prints detailing the suffering of Christ in the last days of his life. Schongauer's version focuses on crowded scenes, grotesque physiognomies of Christ's tormentors, and great pathos in the compositions. Here, Saint John the Evangelist and four mourning women gather around the cross on which Christ's emaciated body rests. These figures were meant to model the emotional compassion to be felt by the viewer.

See also
PR - Engraving
Type of artwork: 

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance, may not be currently accurate. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email [email protected].

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

All images and data available through Open Access can be downloaded for free. For images not available through Open Access, a detail image, or any image with a color bar, request a digital file from Image Services.