Inventory number
P00822
Author
El Greco
Title
Christ Clasping the Cross
Chronology
1600 - 1605
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
108 cm x 78 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Religion
On display
Yes
Provenance
Trinidad Museum

Caressing the cross, Christ has transcended physical pain on the way to Calvary, raising his gaze to Heaven with a serene gesture. The painter from Crete transforms this narration of the traditional Bible passage into an image of devotion. He makes it into a metaphor of salvation and redemption at a time when the Counter Reformation exalted the cross as one of its most eloquent symbols.

El Greco dealt with this subject on numerous occasions, but the present version stands out for its fluid execution and vibrant rendering.

In 1786 a painting on this subject is mentioned as being in the Convent of San Hermenegildo in Madrid.

 
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