About the Image:
This imposing, cruelly exact image depicts the corpse of one of the two criminals crucified with Jesus. Executed in the workshop of Robert Campin in Tournai around 1430 – at about the same time as the Van Eyck brothers’ Ghent Altarpiece – it is all that remains of one of the most important retables of fifteenth-century Netherlands. The central section of the triptych, of which many copies survive, showed the Deposition. The Städel panel formed the upper half of the inside of the right-hand wing; the outer side showed John the Baptist as a simulated sculpture.