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Christ carrying the Cross

Joachim Beuckelaer
c. 1534 - c. 1574
Christ carrying the Cross
Oil on panel 96.5 x 79 cm
Signed (in monogram) and dated lower right : JB 1562

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Beuckelaer is a 16th Century Flemish artist contemporary with Breugel. He is known for his views of a kitchen with a table adorned with vegetables and other food in the foreground and for market scenes, but there are also a number of small works depicting religious themes. Instead of employing the elaborate style characteristic of early Flemish painting, these religious works feature somewhat coarse brushwork, which brings about a sense of liveliness. Inscribed 1562, this painting is one of the earliest works by Beuckelaer. It depicts Christ carrying the cross on his way to Golgotha, where he will be crucified. This is a theme that was treated repeatedly in 16th century Flemish painting.

(Source: The Digital Gallery. 1999-2006)

photo:Joachim Beuckelaer
Christ carrying the Cross