Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry the Cross, Fifth Station of the Via Crucis

Candido Portinari1945

Projeto Portinari

Projeto Portinari
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Composition in light shades of ochre, rose, blue, green, white and earthy, gray, black and yellow tones. Smooth texture in the background, marked and thick brushstrokes in white. Figures represented with significant and deliberated deformed expressions. It depicts Simon of Cyrene helping Jesus carry the cross. In the foreground, on the right, Jesus walking 3/4 facing right, face turned forward, carrying the cross over his left shoulder, he wears a long tunic in gray tones. Huge cross represented by slight geometrization in rose light and blue tones whose vertical crossbeam traverses the composition diagonally to the lower left corner. In the center, behind the cross, Simon of Cyrene standing facing forward, with his face to the right, looking at Jesus and his right arm holding the vertical crossbeam. Further back, to the left, a woman facing forward, carrying a child on her lap. In the background, in the center, a partial figure a of soldier holding a spear on the right. Ground with earthy tone areas to the right and light background with shaded areas next to the figures, strong contrast of light and dark tones can be noticed, which accentuates the drama of the scene. .


  • Title: Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry the Cross, Fifth Station of the Via Crucis
  • Date: 1945
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w49 x h49cm 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:child, human figure:group:men, human figure:woman
  • Technique: tempera
  • Signature: Unsigned and undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 2484
  • Notes: Composition is outlined by a painted white strip.
  • Inscription: Inscription on reverse of support "5”
  • Function: Work executed to decorate the Pampulha Church of Saint Francis of Assisi in Belo Horizonte, MG. Work designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-2393

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