- Inventory number
- El Greco
- The Crucifixion
- 1597 - 1600
- 312 cm x 169 cm
- On display
- Madrid, Colegio de la Encarnación, vulgo de doña María de Aragón, de agustinos, 1600-1813; Madrid, Iglesia de San Felipe el Real y Casa de la Inquisición, 1813-1835; Madrid, Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, 1835-1838; Museo de la Trinidad, 1838-1872.
A night view of Calvary with a markedly Eucharistic character. Mary Magdalene, at Christ's feet, and three angels collecting the blood of the slain Savior, appear framed by the figures of the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist.
Light and color are used to bring dramatic intensity to the chosen subject, generating a night scene with highly contrasted colors. Some figures, such as that of Mary Magdalene, follow Italian models, recalling the artist's training.
Along with other paintings in the Prado Museum (P00821, P00823, P00825, P03888), this was probably painted for the attic of the altarpiece in the church of the Augustine College of María de Aragón in Madrid.