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Christ Carrying the CrossChrist Carrying the Cross
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Christ Carrying the Cross

1577 - 1587
During his long career in Spain, El Greco produced numerous paintings of Christ carrying the cross. The Lehman canvas, arguably his earliest version of the subject, is not a narrative scene: no other figures are represented and the setting is not recognizable. Instead, it is a devotional image of haunting immediacy and resonant with pathos. Christ's willing sacrifice for mankind is expressed through his gentle embrace of the cross and his heavenward gaze. (Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
41 5/16 x 31 1/8 in. (105 x 79 cm)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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