Reserved - Otto Ackermann-Pasegg, Crucifixion of Christ

DESCRIPTION

A poignant depiction of the Crucifixion of Christ by listed German artist, Otto Ackermann-Pasegg (1882-1959).

Throughout the centuries, this moment has been depicted by various artists, each with their own set of stylistic nuances and perspectives. Many of the most familiar date from the 15th-century onwards and include works by the Renaissance masters, such as Raphael (1483-1520) and Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519).

But in this particular work, Ackermann-Pasegg seems to be influenced by the dark atmospheric approach of painters during the Baroque period, specifically Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) and Bartolomé Estebán Murillo (1617-1682). Both of these created versions of this scene, which include a cloudy moonlit sky above a distant view of Jerusalem.

You’ll notice that above Christ’s head a note displays the letters ‘INRI’. These are initials for the Latin inscription written by Pontius Pilate - ‘Iesvs Nazarenvs Rex Ivdaeorvm’, which translates as ‘Jesus Nazarenus Rex Judaeorum’.

Otto Georg Karl Ackermann-Pasegg studied at the Leipzig Academy of Arts and participated in numerous exhibitions in Düsseldorf, Berlin and beyond. The painting is housed in a period wooden frame and inscribed with the artist’s name on the reverse.

Medium
Oil on wood
Size including frame
35” x 24” / 89cm x 61cm
Year of creation
c. 1930
Condition
Artwork in good overall condition with no issues. Frame with light age-related wear.

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