Christ Carrying the Cross
ca. 1650
75" x 100"
Painting, oil on canvas
Region: Italy
Sir Peter Paul Rubens was a Flemish Baroque painter, and a proponent of an extravagant Baroque style that emphasized movement, color, and sensuality. He is well known for his Counter-Reformation altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects. In addition to running a large studio in Antwerp, Rubens was a classically educated humanist scholar and diplomat. This large painting depicts christ carrying the cross on his way to the crucifixion. It employs dramatic areas of light and shadow to inject heightened drama into this intensely emotional scene.