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The Crucified Christ with the Virgin and St John: MAR.M.252-1912

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Current Location: In storage


The Crucified Christ with the Virgin and St John


Maker: Reymond, Pierre (Workshop of)




Copper, enamelled and gilt.

Rectangular slightly convex copper plaque with arched top, enamelled in pale greyish-blue, pale bluish-green, pale mulberry, flesh pink, pale straw-yellow, red, black, and white enamels, and gilded. The outlines are in black. The reverse has clear counter-enamel.
Christ hangs on a gold Cross with ‘INRI’ written in gold on a white panel over it. He wears a green crown of thorns and a white drape which is being blown out on either side by the wind. Blood pours from the wounds in his head, hands, feet, and side. At the base of the cross there is a white skull with black eye sockets. On the left the Virgin stands with her hands together in prayer, looking away from the Cross. She wears a white wimple, and a pale blue mantle over a mulberry dress. St John stands on the right holding a bluish-green book with both hands, and looking towards the Virgin. He has pale straw-coloured hair, and wears a white mantle over a mulberry gown. The ground is bluish-green. The black background has a gold sun on the left of the Cross and a moon on the right, and below its arms is semé with shooting stars (tadpole-like shapes). A narrow gold band runs round the curved edge, and within it is a line broken at intervals by four oblique strokes.


History note: Uncertain before testator

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.8 cm
Width: 6.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Limoges ⪼ Haute Vienne ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


16th Century, Mid
Production date: circa AD 1540


The figures were probably derived from a print by Martin Schongauer, (Bartsch, VI (Part 1), p. 129, no. 23; Illustrated Bartsch 8, formerly volume 6 (Part 1), Early German Artists, ed. Jane C. Hutchison, New York, 1980, p. 237, no. 23.)

The iconography, apart from the skull, is close to a plaque attributed tentatively to Pierre Reymond, situated above a set of Lord’s Prayer plaques mounted as a triptych which was lincluded in the Special Loan Exhibition of Enamels on Metal held in the South Kensington Museum in 1834, and is now in the Musée municipal de l’Evêché, Limoges The Lord’s Prayer plaques are attributed to Couly Nouailher, (Inv. 2000.10.1) see Notin, 2000, pp. 295-9, illustrated.

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Components of the work

Back Of Plaque composed of enamel ( clear counter-enamel)
Decoration composed of enamel ( pale greyish-blue, pale bluish-green, pale mulberry, flesh pink, pale straw-yellow, red, black, and white) gold
Plaque composed of copper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: INRI
  • Location: On Cross
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in gold
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.252-1912
Primary reference Number: 156447
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 24 October 2012 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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