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Christ on the Way to Calvary

Predella panel of an altarpiece; other panels from the predella are in the Staatliches Lindenau-Museum, Altenburg, Germany (78), and the Pinacoteca Vaticana (no. 124, no. 129)

Giovanni di Paolo (Giovanni di Paolo di Grazia), Italian (active Siena), first documented 1417, died 1482

Made in Siena, Italy, Europe

Early 1400s

Tempera and gold on panel with horizontal grain

12 1/2 x 13 1/8 inches (31.7 x 33.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 312, European Art 1100-1500, third floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 105

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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The scene depicts a passage in the late thirteenth-century devotional text The Meditations on the Life of Christ, which describes Christ turning to Mary outside the gate of Jerusalem, and the unusual length of the Cross.

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