|Type||Oil on poplar|
|Dimensions||283.3 cm × 167.3 cm (111.5 in × 65.9 in)|
|Location||National Gallery, London|
An early work influenced by Perugino, it was originally an altarpiece in the church of San Domenico in Città di Castello, near Raphael's hometown of Urbino. The painting shows Jesus on the cross, who is looking peaceful even though he is dying. There are two angels catching his blood in chalices. On Jesus' left kneels Mary Magdalene, with John the Evangelist standing behind her. On his right Mary (mother of Jesus) stands, and St. Jerome, to whom the altar was dedicated, is kneeling. At the foot of the cross is the inscription RAPHAEL/ VRBIN / AS /.P.[INXIT] ("Raphael of Urbino painted this") in silver letters.
The sun and moon at the top are present despite the Council of Constantinople prohibition of such symbology for its reference to other religions.
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