European Art
Artist: Lucas Cranach the Elder, German, 1472–1553

The Crucifixion with the Converted Centurion

1538

Oil on panel

unframed: 61.6 × 42.2 cm (24 1/4 × 16 5/8 in.)
Gift of Hannah D. and Louis M. Rabinowitz
1959.15.23
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.
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
German
Period: 
16th century
Classification: 
Paintings
Provenance: 

Count Wilczek Collection, Burg Kreuzenstein at the Danube; E. & A. Silberman Galleries, New York; Rabinowitz Collection, Sands Point, Long Island (purchased between 1940-1945).

Bibliography: 

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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