The Descent from the Cross

The Descent from the Cross (Rogier van der Weyden) and its prominent copies: The Descent from the Cross is a painting by the Flemish artist Rogier van der Weyden c.1435, now in the Museo del Prado, Madrid. It is regarded by many art historians as the most influential Netherlandish painting of the crucifixion of Christ, and has produced several prominent copies. The painting was originally commissioned for Greater Guild of Crossbowmen of Leuven and installed in the Chapel of Our Lady Without the Walls (destroyed in 1798).

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Belfries The first known copy the Edeleheere triptych, is now housed in the nearby church of Sint Pieter in Leuven which is inscribed as a Belfry of Belgium and France.
El Escurial The original was exchanged for a copy by Michael Coxcie when it was acquired by Mary of Austria and installed in Binche castle (not part of the Belfries WHS), where it was seen by Phillip II of Spain who installed it at El Escorial.
Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro Since 1936 it has been in the collection of el Prado where it is on permanent loan from el Escorial, where today the copy by Michael Coxcie can be seen.


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