Christ carrying his Cross

The composition reflects the work of Leonardo da Vinci whose influence was strong for several generations in Milan. This type of painting, in which the viewer is put in the position of the Holy Women on whom Christ looked on the route to Golgotha, was especially popular in North Italy in the early 16th century. For another example, see Altobello Melone's depiction of 'Christ carrying the Cross'.

Key facts

Artist dates
active about 1500 - 1550
Full title
Christ carrying his Cross
Date made
probably about 1510-30
Medium and support
Oil on poplar
59.7 x 47 cm
Acquisition credit
Layard Bequest, 1916
Inventory number
Location in Gallery