The Way to Calvary by Polidoro Caldara da Caravaggio

This moving painting of Christ on his way to Calvary was rapidly executed with some figures more fully developed in thick daubs of impasto while others are left as scrawls.

Details

Medium:
Oil on walnut
Dimensions:
75.3 x 59 cm
Art Fund grant:
£80,000 ( Total: £500,000)
Acquired in:
2003
Vendor:
Private collector

It depicts Christ on his knees, crushed beneath the weight of the giant cross he bears. One soldier stamps his bare foot while another brutally drags him forward. In the background, the Virgin has collapsed upon seeing her son so cruelly afflicted. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.

Provenance

Max Koetser in England; A Scharf in mid 1930s; Christie's, 1959; Philip Pouncey; thence by descent.

Venue details

National Gallery Trafalgar Square, LONDON London WC2N 5DN 020 7747 2885 www.nationalgallery.org.uk

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