User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

The Descent From the Cross

Start collecting


By 1839, possibly with Giovanni Rosini, Pisa, Italy. By about 1862-72, unidentified collection, Firenze, Italy. By about 1862/72, acquired from an unidentified collection in Florence (?) by Charles Somers, 3rd Earl Somers-Cocks (d. 1883), Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire, England; after his death, 1883, by descent to his daughter, Lady Charles (?) Richard Henry Somerset (Isabel Caroline Somerset, d. 1921), the Priory, Reigate, Surrey, England; from Lady Somerset to Robert Langton Douglas, London, England; by 1922, from Douglas to Zoe Oliver Sherman, Boston, MA; 1922, gift of Sherman. (Accession date: August 3, 1922)

Credit Line

Zoe Oliver Sherman Collection

possibly mid–1480s


50.8 x 35.9 cm (20 x 14 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oil and tempera on panel