Verso, unidentified collector's mark.
The Crucifixion by Pieter Aertsen is a rare drawing - fewer than two dozen drawings by Aertsen are extant - by one of the most important artists working in the Netherlands in the middle of the sixteenth century. While perhaps best known today for his innovative genre scenes, Aertsen's religious works for churches in Antwerp and Amsterdam established his reputation. This drawing appears to be a complete study for such an altarpiece (unknown today). Aertsen enlivens a conventional Crucifixion scene with bold and distinctive details fully in keeping with his sensitive and imaginative approach. Expressive gestures and refined figures present a sense of palpable sorrow and anguish mingled with divine grace.
Tremmel, Ingeborg, 1925-2002, former owner.