Height: 286.000 mm
Width: 430.000 mm
Prints and Drawings
Martin Schongauer, Christ bearing the Cross, a copperplate engraving
Christ carrying the Cross to Golgotha
This ambitious composition was
Schongauer's largest and most complex
Schongauer applied a painter's understanding of light and shadow to help us read a composition so crowded with incident. The stark shape of the cross, delicately patterned with grain, stands out against the dark rock. The lightly engraved landscape on the right throws the darker priests into relief. The long, parallel lines in the sky close the design from above and illustrate the text, 'And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land' (Mark 15:33).
The variety of acutely observed human types drawn by Schongauer seems endless.
D. Landau and P. Parshall, The Renaissance print 1470-155 (New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 1994)
A. Griffiths (ed.), Landmarks in print collecting (London, The British Museum Press)