Road to Calvary with St. Veronica

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Antwerp, Belgium
Road to Calvary with St. Veronica, 1510/20
Polychromed and gilded oak
30 × 51 1/2 × 12 1/2 in. (76.2 × 130.81 × 31.75 cm)
Gift of Richard and Erna Flagg M1971.12
Photo credit: John Nienhuis
Currently on View

This dramatic figure group represents S. Veronica offering the sudarium to Christ on the road to Golgotha, and was probably once part of an elaborate Late Gothic retable. Winged altar-pieces of this type may have had as many as fourteen or fifteen sections integrating both panel painting and sculpture within an architectural enframement. Christ's Passion was a frequent subject of these altarpieces. Scholarship suggests that changing liturgical practices in Antwerp and Brussels aimed at increasing audience involvement were the catalyst to the creation of these large-scale sculptural programs that so realistically and poignantly depicted Christ's Passion.

Publication History
Winters, Laurie et al., A Renaissance Treasury: The Flagg Collection of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1999, p. 140, cat. 69, color illus. p. 141.

Goldstein, Rosalie, ed. Guide to the Permanent Collection. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1986, p. 23, b/w illus. p. 23.
Exhibition History
A Renaissance Treasury: The Flagg Collection of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama, April 17–June 14, 1988; The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio, August 1–November 1, 1998; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, December 11, 1998–March 14, 1999; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii, April 29–June 20, 1999; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee, July 11–September 12, 1999; Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Standford, California, October 12, 1999–January 2, 2000.

This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.