Composition in black shades, blue, red ochre, rose and brown holder. Contour lines. It depicts step of the Cross with Jesus carrying the cross on his back. In the center of the composition, Jesus standing in profile to the left, resting on the right shoulder, a large cross. He's with his head slightly tilted, on the left arm along the body, holding the cross in his on the right hand and on the right foot earlier than the on the left. She has long hair, defined facial features and wears long tunic. On the left, a soldier on his back, facing slightly on the right, holding aloft whip in his on the left hand, on the right arm stretched down and on the right leg further on the left. It has a stylized head, represented by contour, wears short-sleeved blouse and skirt. On the right man standing from the front, with the upper body leaning to the left, holding the stem of the cross that Jesus carries, and is at the highest on the right leg to the left, suggesting step. He has represented facial features and wears long robe. Background suggesting construction.


  • Title: Jesus Carries the Cross on His Back
  • Date: 1944
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w24.5 x h24.5cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: religious:religious scenes:Stations of the Cross, religious:Jesus, human figure:group:men
  • Technique: watercolor, India ink pen
  • Signature: Signed and dated at bottom right "Portinari 944"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 5428
  • Inscription: Inscription at bottom right "Via Sacra Pampulha”
  • Function: Study for the painting “Jesus Carries the Cross on His Back” [FCO 2481], Second Station of the Via Crucis
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-2303

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