Christ is here depicted as if turning to his mother or to one of the other holy women who witnessed the procession to Calvary where he was crucified. The faces of two soldiers are also included in the composition; one of them is only just discernible in the darkness top right.

Melone was a pupil of Gerolamo Romanino.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1490; died before 1543
Full title
Christ carrying the Cross
Date made
about 1515
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
61 x 46.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1993
Inventory number
NG6546
Location in Gallery