Christ Falls on the Way to Calvary painting by Raphael

Christ Falls on the Way to Calvary - painting by Raphael
1517, Oil on panel transferred to canvas, 318 x 229 cm - Museo del Prado, Madrid

Scan & text courtesy of the Web Gallery of Art

The painting was executed for the Santa Maria dello Spasimo in Palermo, partly by the school of Raphael.  (It is called Lo Spasimo di Sicilia.)  The church was dedicated to the grief and agony ('spasimo') of the Virgin when she witnessed the sufferings of Christ, and the true subject of Raphael's altarpiece is indeed the mutual gaze of Christ, stumbling beneath the weight of the Cross, and his distraught mother, who reaches out her arms in vain.

Philip IV, King of Spain bought the painting in 1622.  In 1813 Napoleon took it as booty to Paris, where it was moved to canvas.  In 1822 the painting was given back to Spain.

 


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Christ Falls on the Way to Calvary painting by Raphael.  Courtesy of the Web Gallery of Art.  Descriptive text courtesy of the Web Gallery of Art.  Scan & text used by permission of Emil Kren.
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