The Crucifixion

Thomas Eakins, American, 1844 - 1916

Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America

Date:
1880

Medium:
Oil on canvas

Dimensions:
8 feet × 54 inches (243.8 × 137.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

* Gallery 155, European Art 1850-1900, first floor (Annenberg Galleries)

Accession Number:
1929-184-24

Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Thomas Eakins and Miss Mary Adeline Williams, 1929

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This painting of the Crucifixion, Eakins's only religious work, demonstrates the artist's interest in rendering the human body realistically. Jesus's sagging torso, bent knees, stretched arms, and clenched hands all suggest an actual male body hanging from a cross in the agony of his last moments. To understand the human anatomy in this position, Eakins strapped a model, one of his students, to a cross.

Eakins spent most of his life in Philadelphia, but trained in a Paris studio where the study of the nude was considered an essential basis for painting.


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