About this artwork
This print imagines the chaotic march to the site of the Crucifixion. Surrounded by a crowd of tormenters, Jesus stares out at the viewer, collapsed under the weight of the instrument of his death, the cross. Martin Schongauer, the most influential engraver prior to Albrecht Dürer (whose work can be seen nearby), brought unprecedented detail and tonal variety to the medium. At the time of its making, this was also one of the largest engravings ever produced. Its widespread impact is attested by numerous copies and imitations in later decades.
- Martin Schongauer
- The Road To Calvary
- Artist's working dates 1485–1491
- Engraving in black on ivory laid paper
- 287 × 430 mm (sheet trimmed within platemark)
- Clarence Buckingham Collection