Christ Carrying the Cross (1485-1490) by Hieronymous Bosch

Christ Carrying the Cross - Hieronymous Bosch - 1485 - 1490

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TitleChrist Carrying the Cross
ArtistHieronymous Bosch
Date1485 - 1490
MediumOil on Panel
Dimensions57.2 x 32 cm
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationKunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria
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About Christ Carrying the Cross

Christ Carrying the Cross by Hieronymus Bosch is a highly admired painting that was created during the Renaissance period between 1485-1490. Housed in the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium, it is a significant artwork attributed to Bosch and shows his unique and distinctive style.

One of the most notable elements of this painting is its use of caricature. The gruesome, grotesque-looking faces surrounding Jesus contribute greatly to the overall effect that Bosch has created. Christ’s physical pain is emphasized throughout the painting through various visual cues, such as blockades hanging from his waist that painfully lacerate his feet and ankles with every step.

The artwork served originally as part of a triptych, alongside other panels painted by Bosch himself or members of his workshop. It has been widely regarded as one of his greatest works – well beyond its time – better known for its accurate representation than any religious devotionality towards saving souls.

Overall, Christ Carrying The Cross conveys both depth and emotion; it stands out among similar carnations due to Hieronymus Bosch – one painter who found innovation through mundane happenings yet produced paintings that are surrealistic but grounded on reality itself.

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