Christ Carrying the Cross (recto); The Resurrection (verso)

Sodoma (Giovanni Antonio Bazzi)about 1535

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

While Christ bends beneath a heavy cross, he still retains a serene air. In contrast, the soldier on the right glares back at him ferociously, seemingly determined to add to Christ's burden by pressing down on the cross. Sodoma focused on these facial expressions to emphasize the peace of God, even amidst suffering.

Sodoma used a highly elaborate technique to draw this scene, with considerable white heightening to create painterly effects for both the faces and the garments of the figures. He drew the Resurrection on the verso in a more calm, classical manner with a more linear technique. Brush and brown ink delineate Christ's muscular body as he emerges from the edge of the tomb with one foot still inside. Cross-hatching and white heightening build up the folds of drapery that flow around him. Sodoma made this study in preparation for a 1535 fresco of the Resurrection in a public building in Siena.

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  • Title: Christ Carrying the Cross (recto); The Resurrection (verso)
  • Creator: Sodoma (Giovanni Antonio Bazzi)
  • Date: about 1535
  • Location Created: Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 18.7 x 21.4 cm (7 3/8 x 8 7/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Pen and brown ink, brush with brown wash, heightened with white gouache, over black chalk on brownish paper (recto); brush and brown ink and white gouache heightening (verso)
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Drawing
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 86.GA.2
  • Markings: Markings: (Verso) collection mark of Alfredo Viggiano (L. 191a).
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: Italian
  • Classification: Drawings


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