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The Crucifixion

Relief of the Crucifixion with the three Mary's and St. John in foreground with eight soldiers. Signed at base of cross.

Signed

Signed at base of cross "F.S.21 (71?)".

Marks

Quarry or guild mark on reverse.

Provenance

Possibly Oscar Bondy (b. 1870 - d. 1944), Vienna and New York [see note 1]; possibly sold from the Bondy collection to Blumka Gallery, New York; May 15, 1962, sold by Blumka to R. Thornton Wilson (b. 1886 - d. 1977), New York; 1983, bequest of R. Thornton Wilson to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 12, 1983) NOTES: [1] According to a letter from R. Thornton Wilson to Perry Rathbone of the MFA (May 16, 1962; in MFA curatorial file). Attempts to identify the relief in inventories of Oscar Bondy's collection have not been successful. Oscar Bondy, a Jewish businessman living in Vienna, had owned a vast collection of paintings, sculptures, and works of decorative art. In 1938, when Germany occupied Austria, his collection was systematically looted by the Nazis. Mr. Bondy and his wife left Europe and emigrated to the United States, where he passed away in 1944. In the years following World War II, much of his collection was restituted to his widow and subsequently sold on the New York art market. Blumka Gallery sold many of the objects restituted to German and Austrian emigrés living in the United States, including Elisabeth (Mrs. Oscar) Bondy.

Credit Line

Bequest of R. Thornton Wilson in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson

German, 16th century

Object Place

Germany

Accession Number

1983.40

Medium or Technique

Stone; soapstone (Kehlheim stone) relief

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture