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The Crucifixion with the Two Thieves, plate ten from the Life of the Virgin and Christ

A work made of engraving, printed in gray on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving, printed in gray on paper.

Date:

c. 1470

Artist:

Francesco Rosselli
Italian, 1448-c. 1513

About this artwork

Prints in both Europe and Japan advertised their functions to the viewer. The Florentine printmaker Francesco Rosselli sold his 15-plate Life of the Virgin and Christ series with columns that could be cut out and pasted around the scenes. Surviving examples were used as individual rectangular frames or as part of a larger altarpiece framework. The six large woodcuts of Buddhist deities nearby in this gallery (1961.1004, .1006, .1007, .1010, .1012, and .1015), which were also produced in the 15th century, include their own fictive frames within the prints, visually suggesting their intended use in place of painted scrolls in a temple setting.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Francesco Rosselli

Title

The Crucifixion with the Two Thieves, plate ten from the Life of the Virgin and Christ

Origin

Italy

Date

Made 1465–1475

Medium

Engraving, printed in gray on paper

Dimensions

225 x 167 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1950.1674

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