Made in Antwerp, Southern Netherlands
(modern Belgium), Europe c. 1535
Paintings attributed to a follower of Pieter Coecke van Aelst, Netherlandish (active Antwerp), 1502 - 1550.
Sculpture attributed to the workshop of Master of the Oplinter Altarpiece, Flemish.
Gilded and painted wood sculptures; tempera-painted panels
Height: 9 feet 8 inches (294.6 cm)
Width (Wings open): 14 feet (426.7 cm)
Width (Wings closed): 7 feet 6 inches (228.6 cm)
Purchased with Museum funds from the George Grey Barnard Collection, 1945
This highly detailed altarpiece depicts the Passion, the events surrounding the final days of Jesus. Most likely displayed during major religious holidays, intricate carvings show the Crucifixion of Jesus and scenes from the Passion. Surrounding paintings highlight the ritual of Communion and a scene from the Last Supper.
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