Christ Carrying the Cross (c.1565) by Titian

Christ Carrying the Cross - Titian - c.1565

Artwork Information

TitleChrist Carrying the Cross
Dimensions98 x 116 cm
Art MovementMannerism (Late Renaissance)
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

About Christ Carrying the Cross

The artwork titled “Christ Carrying the Cross” was created by the renowned artist Titian around the year 1565. Executed in oil on canvas, this religious painting is a significant representation from the Mannerism movement of the Late Renaissance. The artwork measures 98 by 116 centimeters and currently resides in the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain.

The artwork depicts a powerful and emotive scene of Christ laboring under the weight of the cross he is carrying. The solemn figure of Christ is presented in a state of exhaustion and suffering, which is articulated through his downward gaze and the strain evident in his posture. His face, adorned with the crown of thorns, conveys an intensity of emotion, manifesting a profound sense of anguish. To the right stands an older, bearded figure, likely representing Simon of Cyrene, who in biblical accounts is compelled to help Jesus carry the cross to the site of the crucifixion. The use of dark tones and shadows accentuates the drama of the scene, and the expressive painterly style typical of Titian’s later works is evident in the sweeping brushstrokes that bring texture to the drapery of the garments and the figures’ flesh. This piece is esteemed not only for its devotional subject but also for its remarkable artistic qualities that convey the depth of human experience and emotion.

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