Composition in black and white. Contour lines, shading and scrapes. Pregamento It depicts Jesus on the cross. In the center of the composition, Jesus stretched over large cross in light diagonally from the left to the right and top to bottom. Jesus is gaunt with suffering face. On the left and on the right, kneeling figure back with hammer in hand, preaching the hands of Jesus on the cross. Shaved areas on the design accentuate the chiaroscuro of the composition.


  • Title: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross
  • Date: 1944
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w20.5 x h24cm 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: lead pencil
  • Signature: Unsigned and undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 2713
  • Inscription: Inscription in top right corner "11”. On reverse, inscription by Maria Portinari "Estudo para ‘Via Sacra’ da Pampulha – de autoria de Candido Portinari – autenticado por Maria Victoria Portinari em 1972".. On reverse, adhesive tape with inscription "LC 518”.
  • Function: Study for the painting “Jesus is Nailed to the Cross” [FCO 2490], Eleventh Station of the Via Crucis
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-2312

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