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The Crucifixion, 1511

Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471 - 1528
engraving on laid paper
11.8 x 7.5 cm
Purchased 1949
National Gallery of Canada (no. 5609)

Dürer has excluded landscape and multiple figures in order to focus on the devotional vigil of the Virgin Mary and St. John, who stand to either side of the cross. In the background, a Roman centurion with a pickaxe waits indifferently.

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