Crucified Christ (1780) by Francisco Goya

Crucified Christ - Francisco Goya - 1780

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TitleCrucified Christ
ArtistFrancisco Goya
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions255 x 154 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid

About Crucified Christ

“Crucified Christ” is a religious painting by famed artist Francisco Goya, created in the year 1780. The artwork, an oil on canvas, is a distinct representation within the Romanticism movement and measures 255 cm by 154 cm. It is currently housed at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, where it continues to be an object of contemplation and admiration.

The artwork strikingly depicts Jesus Christ at the moment of crucifixion. Christ is shown with arms outstretched and nailed to the cross, which looms dark against the plain, muted background. His head is bowed in an angle that suggests the moment of death or intense suffering, crowned with thorns that evoke a sense of pain and sacrifice. The artist has taken care to render the physique with anatomical precision and the flesh tones bear a lifelike quality, highlighted by the use of light and shadow, creating a starker contrast with the surrounding darkness.

Goya’s treatment of the subject leans towards realism, with less emphasis on the ethereal and more on the physical torment and humanity of Christ. This approach is quite in keeping with the Romanticism movement’s preference for expressing strong emotions and focusing on the grandeur, terror, and beauty of the natural world and human nature. Despite the somber content, the painting preserves a sense of serenity and dignity. There is an intimate but subdued dramatism in Goya’s rendering, evident in details such as the bloodstains on Christ’s body and the almost gentle droop of the loincloth. Overall, Goya’s “Crucified Christ” is acknowledged as a profound artistic meditation on faith, suffering, and redemption.

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