The crucified Christ is both the most popular and powerful image in the Catholic Church. It sits upon every altar where the Mass is said because the Catholic Church requires that a crucifix be visible during the celebration of Mass. This reminds us of the sacrifice of Jesus on the altar of the cross. For Catholics, the death of Jesus on the Cross is a key event within faith history.
Marcellus Coffermans was a Flemish Renaissance painter born in Helmond. He is known for religious works and copies after other painters. He taught his daughter Isabella, who also became a painter. Coffermans died in Antwerp. Coffermans was active in Antwerp from about 1549 to 1575. His work is often inspired by early Netherlandish masters such as Rogier van der Weyden and Jheronimus Bosch.