Christ Carrying the Cross

Artist/maker unknown, active Antwerp, Netherlandish

Geography:
Made in Antwerp, Belgium, Europe

Date:
c. 1515-1525

Medium:
Oil and gold on panel

Dimensions:
40 x 32 1/4 inches (101.6 x 81.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 217, European Art 1100-1500, second floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 384

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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Antwerp became the busiest port in Europe during the early years of the sixteenth century. The increase in mercantile activity gave rise to a large and wealthy class of citizens who became great patrons of art, particularly painting. The ready market for paintings led in turn to the development of large workshops, where paintings were made "on speculation" for these merchants to buy. The style of painting that developed in this period, commonly called "Antwerp Mannerism," usually includes highly decorative, brightly colored costumes, like those worn by Christ's tormentor on the left and Saint Veronica in the center.


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