barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

The Circle of Hans Memling (about 1430 – 1494)

Christ on the Cross, with a Donor

Possibly Bruges, Belgium, the 1480s

Oil on wood

44 x 33 cm


The cross appears in a minutely observed landscape, with an image of Jerusalem behind.  On the hill to the left, Christ is shown on the night prior to his capture, a subject known as the Agony in the Garden.

The kneeling figure is unknown, but he presumably commissioned the work as a devotional aid, perhaps for a private chapel.  Unusually, the donor is not accompanied by his patron saint and he appears on the same scale as Christ.


Purchased 1960 (No.60.8)

Giovanni Battista Cima, called Cima da Conegliano (1459/60 – 1517/18)

Christ on the Cross with the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist