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.
Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Francesco Rosselli
- The Crucifixion with the Two Thieves, plate ten from the Life of the Virgin and Christ
- Made 1465–1475
- Engraving, printed in gray on paper
- 225 x 167 mm
- Gift of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.