5. The Crucifixion of Jesus

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

It focuses on the Crucifixion of Jesus, discussing Giovanni di Paolo’s Crucifixion (1440–45) in the Gemäldegalerie.

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

Artworks: Giovanni di Paolo, Crucifixion, 1440–45, Kat. nr. 1112C.

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

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

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 Entombment (The Seilern Triptych) by Robert Campin
Road to Calvary, Crucifixion, and Descent into Limbo by Andrea da Firenze (Andrea di Bonaiuto)
The Descent from the Cross by Jacopo Sansovino

Matthew 27:38, 44; Mark 15:27, 32; Luke 23:33, 39–43; John 19:18
The Two Thieves

More Gemäldegalerie 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 Adoration of the Magi"
2. The Adoration (4:24)
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. Miracles"
4. Miracles (4:41)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. The Dead Christ"
6. The Dead Christ (5:18)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. The Resurrection"
7. The Resurrection (6:03)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. Andachtsbilder"
8. Andachtsbilder (5:52)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. The Last Judgement"
9. The Last Judgement (6:24)