Miniature Altarpiece: Crucifixion

Object Name
Object Type
Credit Line
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Object Number
Not currently on display


Overall Open: 150mm × 76mm × 32mm (15 × 7.6 × 3.2 cm)
Overall Closed: 150mm × 59mm × 32mm (15 × 5.9 × 3.2 cm)
(Case): 88mm × 76mm × 14mm (8.8 × 7.6 × 1.4 cm)
(Base): 59mm × 63mm × 32mm (5.9 × 6.3 × 3.2 cm)


Upper triptych: Crucifixion; Left wing: Abraham's Sacrifice of Isaac; Right wing: Moses and the Brazen Serpent; Lower triptych: Resurrection; Left wing: Samson Carrying Gates of Gaza; Right wing: Jonah and the Whale

Signature, Inscriptions, and Markings

Carved Latin inscriptions below scenes:

Christ pass[us] e[st] [pro] nobis [below central scene - Peter 2:21]

Ge[nesis] cap. 22 [below image on left wing]

Nu[mbers] cap. 21.[below image on right wing]

[source: Met site]

Published References

Ellis, Lisa and Suda, Sasha (Eds). (2016). Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures, exhibition catalogue, 5 November 2016 - 22 January 2017. Toronto, ON: Art Gallery of Ontario. [p. 62, 63, 64, 67, 69, 70, 84, 85]

Émile Molinier. Collection du Baron Albert Oppenheim: Tableaux et objets d'art, catalogue précédé d'une introduction. Paris: Librairie Centrale des Beaux-Arts, 1904. no. 95, p. 42, pl. LXII.; Williamson, G.C. Catalogue of the Collections of Jewels and Precious Works of Art: the property of J. Pierpont Morgan. London: Chiswick Press, 1910. no. 43, pp. 66-67, pl. XXVI.; Breck, Joseph, and Meyric R. Rogers. The Pierpont Morgan Wing: A Handbook. 1st ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1925. pp. 197-198, fig. 101, ill. p. 199.; Tangerman, E. J. Whittling and woodcarving. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1936. p. 256, fig. 390.; Ostoia, Vera K. The Middle Ages: Treasures from the Cloisters and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1969. no. 112, pp. 236-237, 261-262.; Gómez-Moreno, Carmen. Medieval Images: a Glimpse into the Symbolism and Reality of the Middle Ages. Katonah: Katonah Museum of Art, 1978. no. 39, pp. 12, 22.; Charmian A. Mesenzeva, "Spätgotische Miniaturschnitzerei in Der Ermitage in Leningrad." Pantheon 36 (1978). p. 32.; Culture of the Middle Ages: a Festival of the Medieval Arts; Treasures of the Middle Ages. Reno, Nevada: Sierra Nevada Museum of Art, 1978. no. 30.; William D. Wixom, A Brabantine Boxwood Triptych (Detroit: Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts, 61, 1983) p 42, fig. 7; Dubin, Lois Sherr. The History of Beads: From 30,000 B.C. to the Present. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1987. p. 90, fig. 79.; Pushkin Museum and State Hermitage Museum. Dekorativno-prikladnoe iskusstvo ot pozdneĭ antichnosti do pozdneĭ gotiki: Iz sobraniĭ muze︠i︡a Metropoliten, Nʹ︠i︡u Ĭork i Khudozhestvennogo Instituta, Chikago. Moscow: Pushkin Museum, 1990. no. 79, p. 14, pp. 164-165.; Ainsworth, Maryan, and Keith Christiansen, ed. From Van Eyck to Bruegel: Early Netherlandish Painting in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998. p. 80, fig. 43.; Buyle, Marjan, and Christine Vanthillo. Retables flamands et brabançons dans les monuments belges. Brussels, 2000. pp. 79,82.

Catalogue Raisonné

Romanelli 5


Baron Albert Oppenheim, Paris (sold 1906); J. Pierpont Morgan, New York (1906-1917)
Previous Owner(s)
Baron Albert Oppenheim
J. Pierpont Morgan


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