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18th C. Spanish Colonial Painting, Jesus Carrying Cross

$3,995.00
Spanish Colonial, Mexico, ca. 18th century CE. A moving and sizeable oil on canvas painting depicting Christ carrying the Cross in 3/4 view, finely painted with a mastery of chiaroscuro that intensifies the drama of the scene. Jesus wears voluminous robes and a meticulously delineated Crown of Thorns on his head, with blood dramatically dripping down his expressive visage. Rather than a narrative of the Way to Calvary that would include other figures and a recognizable setting, this is a devotional painting with dramatic pathos and intense emotion characteristic of the Baroque period. We see a suffering Savior weathered by the weight of the Cross, but with an upward gaze suggestive of his salvation, this strong composition set in a handsomely carved and gilded wooden frame. An outstanding religious painting from the Spanish Colonial era. Size: 34" L x 25" W (86.4 cm x 63.5 cm); 39" L x 30.5" W (99.1 cm x 77.5 cm)

Condition: Canvas has been relined. Expected surface wear commensurate with age. Signs of repair to lower margin of the composition. Frame which may be original to the painting has normal surface wear and abrasions as shown, but the carved design and gilding are still quite nice.

Provenance: private Los Angeles County, California, USA collection

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