Title:The CrucifixionArtist:Albrecht Altdorfer Date:c. 1505-1516Creation Place:Europe, GermanyCredit Line:Bequest of Herschel V. JonesAccession Number:P.68.110
Pilgrimages to the Holy Land were popular activities in the North. The many pilgrim accounts described Calvary as a rocky, inhospitable place. Albrecht Altdorfer chose to heighten the immediacy of the Crucifixion, however, by placing it in a fictional German landscape. In time he would create the first pure landscape prints in art, but here he fuses his humanistic delight in nature with subdued religiosity.