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Christ as the Man of Sorrows

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This painting embodies the entirety of Christ's suffering in a single, solemn image. In the universal gesture of sorrow -- holding his head in his hands -- Christ sits among the instruments used to torture and kill him. Such emotionally charged imagery was particularly common in Germany during...

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1946, in Amsterdam [see note 1]. By 1953, Alfred Weinberger (dealer), Paris [see note 2]; 1956, sold by Weinberger, through Kleinberger and Co., New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 12, 1956) NOTES: [1] This picture was examined by Max Friedländer in Amsterdam on May 17, 1946, according to photo-documentation from the Kleinberger files at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In whose possession it was at this time is not known. On the reverse of the panel is an export stamp from Amsterdam, as well as similar stamps from Munich and Paris. [2] This is according to a statement of January 14, 1955 by Hanns Swarzenski of the MFA that he first saw the panel in Weinberger's possession in Paris in October 1953. Swarzenski notes that Weinberger was a dealer in Paris who was a relative of Harry G. Sperling of Kleinberger and Co., New York.

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Gift in memory of W. G. Russell Allen by his Friends

about 1470


69.2 x 39.4 cm (27 1/4 x 15 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on panel