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Carrying of the Cross, from Passion of Christ

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.




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

About this artwork

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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Jan Sadeler, I


Carrying of the Cross, from Passion of Christ


Flanders (Artist's nationality:)

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Artist's working dates 1570–1600


Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


Plate: 16.5 × 11.5 cm (6 1/2 × 4 9/16 in.); Sheet: 16.8 × 12.8 cm (6 5/8 × 5 1/16 in.)

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The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection

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