Inventory number
P00438
Author
Titian [Vecellio di Gregorio Tiziano]
Title
Christ carrying the Cross
Chronology
Ca. 1565
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
67 cm x 77 cm
School
Italian
Theme
Religion
On display
Yes
Provenance
Colección I Marqués de Leganés, 1652-55, nº 806; Colección Real (Real Alcázar, Madrid, Alcoba de la Galería del Mediodía, 1666, nº 614; Real Alcázar, Madrid, Alcoba de la Galería del Mediodía, 1686, nº 291; Real Alcázar, Madrid, Alcoba de la Galería del Mediodía, 1700, nº 101; Real Alcázar, Madrid, 1734, nº 367; Furriera Real, entre las obras que han pasado al Retiro, 1746, nº 367; Palacio del Buen Retiro, Madrid, cuarto del infante don Antonio, 1772, nº 367; Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, pieza de paso al dormitorio de la serenísima infanta-pieza de retrete, 1794, nº 816; Palacio Real, Sacristía de la Capilla de las Señoras Camaristas, 1826; Real Museo de Pinturas, 20 de marzo de 1826; Museo del Prado, 1857, nº 725).

This work depicts the moment when Simon the Cyrenian was obliged to carry Christ's towards Golgotha, as is told in the New Testament story of the Passion (Matthew 27, 32; Mark 15, 21). The highly emotional scene has the figures in the foreground. Christ, in particular, turns a questioning gaze to the viewer, with teary and bloodshot eyes. The brushstrokes are diluted and color plays a leading role in the configuration of shapes and volumes.

There is another version of this work by the same painter at the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg.

This work was first listed in Spain in the 1666 inventory of Madrid's Alcázar Palace. It entered the Prado Museum collection in 1843.

It is signed on the Cross.

 
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