Seville Cathedral: Sacristía Mayor – Descent from the Cross by Pedro de Campaña

Descent from the Cross by Pedro de Campaña in the Sacristía Mayor of the Seville Cathedral

Descent from the Cross by Pedro de Campaña

Descent from the Cross by Pedro de Campaña
The image shows a brilliant oil painting, Descent from the Cross, mounted on the back wall of a side enclosure in the Sacristía Mayor. This masterpiece was painted in 1547 by Pedro de Campaña (1503 – 1580), a noted Flemish painter born in Brussels and trained in Italy. He painted numerous religious masterpieces, some of which are on display in the Seville Cathedral and various churches in Spain. Descent from the Cross is believed to be his best work.

As you can see from the painting, the motionless body of Christ is being lowered with reverence by three men in red robes. According to the accounts in the Gospels, the men on the ladders are Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, and the man holding Jesus’ legs is St. John the Evangelist. Waiting at the bottom are four grief-stricken women that include Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene.

Related Pages
Seville Cathedral: An awe-inspiring architectural marvel
Sala Capitular – The Chapter House of the Seville Cathedral
Sacristía Mayor – The Main Sacristy of the Seville Cathedral
La Giralda: A harmonious blend of Moorish and Renaissance architectural styles

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