The Cross of Christ with Saint Veronica (1520) by Albrecht Durer

The Cross of Christ with Saint Veronica - Albrecht Durer - 1520

Artwork Information

TitleThe Cross of Christ with Saint Veronica
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationUffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

About The Cross of Christ with Saint Veronica

“The Cross of Christ with Saint Veronica” is a religious painting created by Northern Renaissance artist Albrecht Durer in 1520. As part of the Passion of Christ series, this artwork contributes to the narrative of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and its associated events. It can be found at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, where it’s part of a collection that showcases religious and historical artworks from that period.

The image depicts a crowded scene where the key event is taking place in a chaotic urban street setting. The composition is dense, filled with numerous figures that appear to be in motion, which adds a sense of urgency to the scene. In the center, a falling figure likely represents Jesus carrying the cross, overwhelmed by its weight and the brutal journey. To the right, a woman, presumably Saint Veronica, can be seen holding a cloth, which, according to Christian tradition, bears the image of Christ’s face and was offered to Jesus to wipe his face on his way to Golgotha. Other characters in the scene include soldiers, observers, and various figures who seem to react to the unfolding drama. The details in their clothing and expressions are meticulously rendered, showcasing Durer’s skill in creating intricate and dynamic compositions. An underlying tension is palpable throughout the scene. The stark use of lines and the absence of color (indicative of a print rather than a painting) focus the viewer’s attention on the dramatic interplay of figures and their actions.

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