Seville Cathedral: Sacristía Mayor – A side enclosure with the Descent from the Cross by Pedro de Campaña

Descent from the Cross by Pedro de Campaña in the side enclosure of the Sacristía Mayor attached to Seville Cathedral, Spain

Descent from the Cross by Pedro de Campaña in a side enclosure

Descent from the Cross by Pedro de Campaña in a side enclosure
The Sacristía Mayor (Main Sacristy) is a hall attached to the Seville Cathedral on its south side and is next to the Sala Capitular (Chapter House). The image shows a side enclosure at the opposite end of the entrance. As you can see, it has highly ornate arched doors and vaulted ceiling richly decorated with sculptural reliefs. In the center within an oval-shaped frame is the Virgin Mary, and surrounding her are the twelve apostles.

The main attraction of this enclosure, however, is the brilliant oil painting, Descent from the Cross, mounted on the back wall. It is a masterpiece 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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