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Christ tied to the Column
Cano, Alonso
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Cano, Alonso

Granada, 1601 - Granada, 1667

Cano, Alonso See author's file

Christ tied to the Column

1642 - 1644. Grey-brown wash, Pencil, Pencil ground on yellow laid paper.
Not on display

Three-quarters of Christ´s figure is depicted. He appears with his hands tied to the column and his torso bent forward from the waist as if the position of his hands forced him to bend. The figure is isolated against a plain background with only the necessary objects of this iconography, the column and the rope binding the hands. Christ’s head is slightly raised and looks at the viewer from the expressive depth of his eyes.

The condition of this drawing is significantly impaired. It has several blurred areas, and the effect of the watercolour has been diminished. These effects weaken the shape and the facial expression begins to fade away. There is no doubt that the poor state of the image influenced Wethey’s rejection of the drawing. The feeling of the work, and the direct, poignant and sensual description of Christ’s humanity, recalls the Ecce Homo at the Chapel of the Congregación del Santo Cristo, San Ginés, Madrid, placed by Wethey in the 1630s.

Veliz, Zahira, Alonso Cano (1601-1667): dibujos, Santander, Fundación Marcelino Botín, 2009, p.176-177; nº 8


Technical data

Inventory number
Cano, Alonso
Christ tied to the Column
1642 - 1644
Grey-brown wash; Pencil; Pencil ground
Yellow laid paper
Height: 127 mm; Width: 93 mm
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Sanchez Canton, F.J., Dibujos Españoles.Vol.IV. Alonso Cano, Hauser y Menet, Madrid, 1930, pp. 353.

Martinez Chumillas, Manuel, Alonso Cano: estudio monográfico de la obra del insigne que fue de la catedral de Granada, Carlos Jaime, Madrid, 1949, pp. 65 / lám. 65.

Wethey, Harold, Alonso Cano's drawings, The Art bulletin, 34, 1952, pp. 234.

Alonso Cano: estudio y catálogo de la exposición, Dirección General de Bellas Artes, Madrid, 1954, pp. nº 73.

Orozco Díaz, Emilio, Alonso Cano y su escuela en el III centenario de su muerte, Caja de Ahorros, Granada, 1963, pp. nº 195.

Camon Aznar, J., Centenario de Alonso Cano en Granada.Estudios, Patronato de Alhambra y Generalif, Granada, 1969, pp. nº 195.

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., Catálogo de Dibujos. Vol.I. Dibujos españoles siglos XV-XVII, Madrid, 1972, pp. 51.

Véliz, Zahira, Alonso Cano's Drawings and Related Works, Courtald Institute-London Univ., Londres, 1998, pp. nº 8.

Alonso Cano. Dibujos, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2001, pp. 119, nº 7.

Veliz, Zahira, Alonso Cano (1601-1667): dibujos, Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander, 2009, pp. 176-177; nº 8.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 89.

Inv. General, Sección 3ª. Dibujos, grabados, acuarelas y miniaturas, 1879. Núm. 61.
61. Cristo atado a la Columna. A. Alonso Cano. alto 0,15 por 0,11 ancho. con marco negro y cristal.

Inv. Dibujos, Fondo Antiguo. Núm. 42.

Inscriptions +

Inscribed in pen and ink. Front, lower left corner

Update date: 21-05-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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