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Christ Carrying the Cross
  • Giorgio Vasari
    born: Arezzo, Duchy of Florence (present-day Italy) ; died: Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany (present-day Italy)
  • Christ Carrying the Cross, circa 1562–1565
  • Where object was made: Italy
  • oil on panel
  • Canvas/Support: 59 x 44.2 x 3.81 cm
    Canvas/Support: 23 3/16 x 17 3/8 x 1 1/2 in
    Frame Dimensions: 29 1/2 x 23 3/4 in
  • Museum purchase
  • On view: Stewart Gallery, 406, W1
  • 1953.0015
Label Text

Figures in a landscape. Central bearded man kneeling bottom center (identified as Jesus Christ) wearing a crown of thorns and a wooden cross on his back. Two female figures kneel behind him. The foremost of which (identified as Veronica) holds a white piece of cloth in both hands. A full-length figure in yellow and blue has his back to the viewer on the right side. Soldiers in armor are in the background on the right side. Women crying are on the left side. A woman (identified as the Virgin Mary) in a blue mantle has her hands clasped upper left. Horsemen are in the background in the top left quadrant. A hill and two crosses are in the background in the top right quadrant.