Dallas Museum of Art Acquires Derick Baegert Painting

Derick Baegert, The Descent from the Cross, c. 1480-90, oil on oak panel

The Dallas Museum of Art announced its acquisition of “The Descent from the Cross” by German painter Derick Baegert.

The inaugural acquisition of the Marguerite and Robert Hoffman Fund for pre-1700 European Art is the first work of its kind to enter the DMA’s holdings and is the first work by Baegert to enter a U.S. museum.

“This remarkable and rare painting by Baegert will be a cornerstone of the Old Master European holdings at the DMA,” said Eugene McDermott Director Agustín Arteaga. 

“With this extraordinary acquisition, the Museum can now illustrate the development of art history from the Gothic period to the Renaissance through the DMA’s permanent collection. We are deeply grateful to Marguerite Hoffman for the remarkable gift she bestowed on the Museum in her name and that of her late husband, Robert, with the endowment of the fund, which has made possible this truly transformative addition to the Museum’s permanent collection.”

Baegert’s paintings reside today in such major international institutions as the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, Alte Pinakotek in Munich, Musée royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique in Brussels, Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Dortmund, and LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur in Munich, which now holds the largest collection of his work. The Descent from the Cross will be on view late this summer in the DMA’s European Art Galleries, providing a focal point and context for additional new installations of 15th- and 16th-century paintings and sculpture. 

The Descent from the Cross will be on view late this summer in the DMA’s European Art Galleries, providing a focal point and context for additional new installations of 15th- and 16th-century paintings and sculpture.