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The altarpiece was procured for Esrum Abbey by its abbot in 1496 CE, Peder Andersen. Olaf Church in Elsinore and later in Holme Olstrup Church in southern Sjalland. National Museum of Denmark (Copenhagen, Denmark). Made with Memento Beta (now ReMake) from AutoDesk.
The central part of a triptych. The main subject is the Crucifixion, depicted with attendant crowds. On the side compartments are five saints. On the left, above, St. Bernhard of Clairvaux, the main figure of the Cistercian order. In a vision he helped Christ to descend from the cross. Below St. Julia, who defeated and bound the devil. On the right, above, St. Ursula and ten of the 71,000 virgins who joined her in martyrdom at the hands of the Huns. Below, St. Felicitas and an unidentified female saint.
The figure of Abbot Peder of Esrum was allowed to remain for a long time kneeling in his Cistercian habit at the foot of Christ´s cross. In around 1650 CE, however, he was transformed into a Lutheran vicar by the simple means of adding a full beard, long hair, altar vessels and a ruff.
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