About This Artwork

Jan Sadeler, the Elder (Flemish, 1550-1600)
after Marcus Gheeraerts, the Elder (Flemish, c. 1520-c. 1590)

Carrying of the Cross, from Passion of Christ, 1575/1600

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper
165 x 115 mm (plate); 168 x 128 mm (sheet)

The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection, 1942.260

Christ sinks, exhausted, to the ground during the forced march to his execution on Calvary. Saint Veronica kneels at the ready with a cloth to wipe his face during this brief respite from carrying his own cross. The resulting contact relic was said to create a kind of print with an impression of Christ’s countenance (also appearing in the title page of the series) that possessed healing powers.

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