Drops of blood are visible on Christ's brow as he carries the cross to his Crucifixion. The immediacy of this close-up image invites the viewer to contemplate the pain and meaning of Christ's sacrifice.

Associated with Leonardo da Vinci, Marco d'Oggiono subtly manipulated light and shadow in this work to heighten the impression of Christ's patient submission to his fate.

Images of Christ carrying the cross were extremely popular in northern Italy in the late 1400s. Oggiono made this painting and others like it for the purpose of private devotion.


  • Title: Christ Carrying the Cross
  • Creator: Marco d' Oggiono
  • Date Created: about 1495–1500
  • Physical Dimensions: 36.8 × 27.3 cm (14 1/2 × 10 3/4 in.)
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Oil on panel
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 85.PB.412
  • Culture: Italian
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Attributed to Marco d' Oggiono (Italian, about 1467 - 1524)
  • Classification: Paintings (Visual Works)

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