Inventory number
P02903
Author
Vel
Title
Christ on the Cross
Chronology
1631
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
100 cm x 57 cm
School
Española
Theme
Religión
On display
No
Provenance
Acquisition, 1946

A biblical scene of the Passion showing Christ directing a supplicatory gaze at Heaven during his agony on the Cross (Matthew w7, 32-56; Mark 15, 21-41; Luke 23, 26-49; John 19, 17-28). Christ is held by four nails and rests his feet on a platform. He wears the Crown of Thorns and is covered with the loincloth of purity. Over his head is the sign in Latin, Hebrew and Greet that, according to the Bible, Pontius Pilate ordered placed there. It reads: “This is Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.” At the foot of the Cross is the skull of Adam, the first man, whose sin brought death to the World, and who was redeemed by the Passion of the Messiah. The background includes a dark valley with trees, various buildings and a tenebrous horizon.

This work comes from the Convent of the Recollet Bernardines of the Most Holy Sacrament in Madrid.

 
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