Lot 7
  • 7

Attributed to Nicolás Francés

60,000 - 80,000 USD
81,250 USD
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  • Attributed to Nicolás Francés
  • Crucifixion with the Virgin, Nicodemus, Joseph of Arimathea and other figures
  • tempera on panel, gold and silver ground, rounded top
  • 27 1/4  by 23 in.; 69.2 by 58.3 cm.

Catalogue Note

This well-preserved and highly detailed depiction of the Crucifixion, which includes both gold and silver leaf, is closest to the work of Nicolás Francés.   While his name implies French origin, Francés lived and worked in León in the northwest of Spain, where he was regularly commissioned to paint for the León Cathedral.  He completed a series of wall paintings depicting the Passion for the Cathedral's cloister between 1451 and 1461, though very few other works by the artist have survived.

The figure style, details, and the vegetation all show a more French influence than Flemish and recall the work of Francés.  The brocade details in the gold as well as the tooling, however, are atypical for the artist and it has been suggested that the painting could be by an artist in Seville who knew of his work.  It has also been proposed that the painting comes out of the workshop of Pedro Sanchez, who was active in Seville circa 1454-1480. 

We are grateful to Francesc Ruiz Quesada and Antoni Pitarch for their assistance with the cataloguing of this painting.