5. The Crucifixion

The fifth film in a series about Christianity’s central figure: Jesus Christ.

It focuses on the Crucifixion of Jesus, discussing an Altarpiece with Scenes from the Passion of Christ from the Bode-Museum which was carved by an unknown artist from Antwerp in the early 16th century.

Presented by VCS Director Professor Ben Quash and Deputy Director Dr Jennifer Sliwka.

Artworks: Antwerp, Altarpiece with Scenes from the Passion of Christ. inv. 7700.

Part of the Series Unlocking Christian Art. Produced in partnership with the National Museums in Berlin, these short films tell the story of Jesus with the help of the treasures of the Bode-Museum and the Gemäldegalerie, both sculpture and painting. These films are designed to equip users to understand, read, and enjoy some of Europe’s greatest works of Christian art, as well as the texts that inspired them, and to encourage fresh interpretation and insight in today’s audiences.

Related Exhibitions

White Crucifixion by Marc Chagall
Bedouin Crucifixion by Ygael Tumarkin
Untitled (The Crucified) by Mosche Castel

Matthew 27:37; Mark 15:26; Luke 23:38; John 19:19-22
Reinscribing The Cross

The Crucifixion by Andrea Mantegna
Scenes from the Passion of Christ: The Agony in the Garden, the Crucifixion, and the Descent into Limbo by Andrea Vanni
The Passion and Crucifixion of Christ by Bernardino Luini

Matthew 27:35–36; Mark 15:24; Luke 23:34; John 19:23–25a
The Casting of Lots

Christ Carrying the Cross and the Virgin Mary Swooning by Boccaccino Boccaccio
The Crucifixion by Lorenzo Lotto
The Crucifixion by Jacopo di Cione

John 19:26–27
The Virgin and the Cross

More Bode-Museum Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ

The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. Introduction"
1. Jesus Christ: An Introduction (8:36)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. The Annunciation"
2. The Annunciation (5:22)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. The Baptism"
3. The Baptism (4:35)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. The Last Supper"
4. The Last Supper (6:45)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. Andachtsbilder"
6. Andachtsbilder (5:52)