Christ Carrying the Cross

Room 32
Artists / Makers / Authorities: 
Doménikos Theotokópoulos (El Greco)
Candia, Crete, 1540 or 1541 – Toledo, 1614
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The cross that Christ bears is not an instrument of martyrdom but a symbol of his triumph over death. The face expresses not pain but serenity and a radiant faith in eternal life. This iconographic theme was inspired by De Imitatione Christi, The Imitation of Christ, published in the first quarter of the fifteenth century, which sought to instruct the souls of the faithful in Christian perfection. The work is notable for the characteristic brushstrokes with which the painter uses colour to model the volumes and distorts the bodies to reflect the spiritual longing of the characters.


Between 1590-1595

106.4 x 69 cm

Santiago Espona Bequest, 1958

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Oil on canvas
Century: 16th
Subject: Religion
Doménikos Theotokópoulos (El Greco) - Crist amb la Creu - Entre 1590-1595
Crist amb la Creu