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Christ Carrying the Cross

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Christ Carrying the Cross

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Unidentified Artist

Date

1494

Medium

Tempera on panel

Accession #

44.12 V

Dimensions

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Location

Currently Not on View

Description

This small painting is the companion piece to a Crucifixion dated 1494, currently in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. It is assumed to have been part of a series illustrating the Passion of Christ. The procession of the women of Jerusalem on the left acts as a chorus of lamentation. In the foreground Christ falls under the weight of his cross, while the three figures leading him mock him with threatening gestures. The fact that Christ’s face alone confronts us emphasizes the dreadful loneliness. The fantastic setting, exaggerated expressions of grief, and processional composition all suggest the influence of contemporary representations in the mystery plays, the Passion Week pageants, and the processions marking the Feast of Corpus Christi.

Credit

Purchase with funds from the Friends of Art