Christ carrying the Cross

The generous loan of this picture to the National Gallery re-unites it with its pair, 'Christ at Gethsemene', for the first time in over a century. They were probably made as the painted wings of a small portable altarpiece. Its different surface colour is explained by the fact that, unlike its pair, this uncleaned picture still has a now yellowed 19th-century varnish.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1504; died 1528
Full title
Christ carrying the Cross
Date made
perhaps 1500-5
Medium and support
Oil on wood
34.5 x 25.5 cm
Acquisition credit
On loan from a private collection
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Scenes from the Passion of Christ

Probably by Lo Spagna
perhaps 1500-5
Attributed to Lo Spagna: 'Christ at Gethsemane'