Christ carrying the Cross

Altobello Meloneabout 1515

The National Gallery, London

The National Gallery, London

Christ is here depicted as if turning to his mother or to one of the other holy women who witnessed the procession to Calvary where he was crucified. The faces of two soldiers are also included in the composition; one of them is only just discernible in the darkness top right.

Melone was a pupil of Gerolamo Romanino.

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  • Title: Christ carrying the Cross
  • Creator: Altobello Melone
  • Date Created: about 1515
  • Physical Dimensions: 61 x 46.5 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on wood
  • School: Italian (Cremonese)
  • Inventory number: NG6546
  • Artist Biography: Melone is said to have been a pupil in Brescia of Romanino, whose work is sometimes confused with Melone's.
  • Acquisition Credit: Bought, 1993


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