Road to Calvary

Road to Calvary
Master of Alkmaar (Dutch, active c. 1475-c.1515)
Oil on panel 
18-5/8 x 9-3/8 in. (47.3 x 23.8 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
Not on View

This small panel, as well as its companion panel Scourging of Christ, both of which were probably cut down in the eighteenth century (on the top and bottom), were presumably part of a larger altarpiece with other scenes depicting the Passion of Christ. In each, onlookers and tormentors have individualized features, exaggerated expressions, and angular movements that together convey the dramatic and agonizing moments leading up to the Crucifixion.

This unknown artist (whose name derives from a polyptych which is now in the Rijksmuseum but which originally belonged to the St. Laurenskerk in Alkmaar) was probably active in Amsterdam at the beginning of the sixteenth century. He has sometimes been linked to a pair of brothers named Van Waterlant who were active in Haarlem, as well as the Alkmaar painter Cornelis Buys the Elder.


Lord Bagot, Blithfield Hall, Rugeley, Staffordshire, by 1820, by inheritance to;
Lord Bagot, Blithfield Hall, Staffordshire, Estate (sale, London, Sotheby’s, 17 October 1945, lot 73, as Early Dutch School, Two Scenes from the Passion of Christ: The Scourging, and the Road to Calvary, to;
[Thos. Agnew & Sons, London; stock nos. 9101, as The Scourging, jointly owned with F. Koetser, and 9102, as Road to Calvary, jointly owned with R. Buttery; sold 3 March 1954 to];
[M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., New York, jointly owned with R. Heinemann; stock nos. A5663 , as The Scourging, and A5664, as The Road to Calvary, the latter jointly owned with Pinakos, Ltd., New York; sold 2 January 1970];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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