Drawn by the Brush: Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens
About the Exhibition Online Exhibition Timeline Catalog Essays Teacher Resources Credits

Rubens as Entrepreneur: Designs for Sculpture, Architecture and Prints
View other works in this theme:

Purchase the catalog
Peter Paul Rubens
The Road to Calvary (Christ Carrying the Cross), ca. 1632
Oil, emulsion paint on panel, 59.7 x 45.7 cm
University of California, Berkeley Art Museum, inv. 1966.16

Catalog Entry by Marjorie E. Wieseman

Prodded by the butt of a soldier's lance, wrenched forward with a sharp tug on his hair, Christ stumbles beneath the weight of the cross carried to his Crucifixion atop Calvary. At right, the elderly Simon of Cyrene and a heavily muscled young man struggle to relieve Christ of his burden. The placement of a muscular figure viewed from the rear in the foreground of the composition was a device Rubens had already used to great effect in The Elevation of the Cross painted in 1610 for the Antwerp Cathedral. Another conceit borrowed from the earlier painting is the introduction of an anecdotal figure in the immediate foreground: there, a dog, and here, two infants...

Read entire entry
Where is this on the timeline?
Return to Online Exhibition

  Bruce Museum of Arts and Science :: 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, Connecticut :: 203.869.0376
  UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive :: 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, California :: 510.642.0808
  Cincinnati Art Museum :: 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio :: 513.721.ARTS

  Questions or comments about this site? :: Copyright Information