Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross, Thirteenth Station of the Via Crucis

Candido Portinari1953

Projeto Portinari

Projeto Portinari
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Composition in dark shades of red, blue, green, earthy, black, gray and ochre and purple and green tones. Smooth texture and marked brushstrokes. Representation of Jesus being taken down by four figures, seeing himself in the background hills and green sky. In the center of the composition, Jesus body being loaded into shroud supported at the ends by two women. Jesus is represented in gray-green tone, head on the left and on the right legs to face without indicated facial features, on the right arm hanging out of the shroud, head and trunk almost from the front and on the left arm in her lap. On the left woman nearly edge-on to the right, leaning back as if straining to support the shroud, face no defined facial features and legs apart. On the right, another woman holding the other end of the shroud, 3/4 turned to the left, also without indicated facial features and legs wide apart. To the left of center, behind Jesus' head, front figure, standing, torso and head tilted down. Behind this figure, deeper, part of the larger arm of the cross on which rests a ladder on which one sees woman as if she were coming down. This figure is only sketched looking up on the left arm up, stretched leg bent and on the left on the right. Ground in red earthy tone and the background sky and green hills lilac.


  • Title: Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross, Thirteenth Station of the Via Crucis
  • Date: 1953
  • Location Created: Brodowski, São Paulo, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w50 x h61cm 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, human figure:man
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Unsigned and undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 2798
  • Inscription: Inscription on reverse of support "13”
  • Function: Work executed to decorate the Church of Lord Jesus of the Cane, Batatais, SP.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-3231

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