The Crucifixion with the Converted Centurion Artist: Lucas Cranach the Elder (German, 1472–1553)


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On view, 2nd floor, European Art

Created in the orbit of the Protestant reformer Martin Luther, this painting represents an episode from the Bible: as Christ utters His final words (“Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit”), a Roman centurion experiences a religious conversion, recognizing that “Truly this man was the Son of God.” Both phrases are inscribed here in German, rather than in the traditional Latin. The date of the painting and the winged serpent, Cranach’s characteristic signature, are visible in the lower right. The coat of arms, however, has not been positively identified.


Oil on panel


unframed: 61.6 × 42.2 cm (24 1/4 × 16 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Hannah D. and Louis M. Rabinowitz

Accession Number



16th century


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Count Wilczek Collection, Burg Kreuzenstein at the Danube; E. & A. Silberman Galleries, New York; Rabinowitz Collection, Sands Point, Long Island (purchased between 1940-1945).
  • Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 134, 136, 156, fig. 133.
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Object/Work type

religious art




Signed lower right side "1538".

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