Made by Martin Schongauer / Christ Carrying the Cross / ca. 1475- 80Made by Martin Schongauer
Christ Carrying the Cross
ca. 1475- 80

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Creator Name: Schongauer, Martin
Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: German, ca. 1445-1491
Creator Name-CRT: Made by Martin Schongauer
Title: Christ Carrying the Cross
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Creation Start Date: 1475
Creation End Date: 1480
Creation Date: ca. 1475- 80
Object Type: Prints
Materials and Techniques: engraving
Dimensions: 11 3/8 x 16 7/8 in. (28.9 x 42.9 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 35.27
Credit Line: Purchase, The Sylmaris Collection, Gift of George Coe Graves, by exchange, 1935

The largest and most painterly of his prints, 'Christ Carrying the Cross' is Schongauer's masterpiece. This engraving depicting Christ's procession to Golgotha is the artist's most visually complex. He created a spectrum of tones from white to gray to black by altering the density of the hatching. Throughout the print he masterfully offset light and dark areas: for example, he placed the fully shaded figures on the right against a landscape delineated only by outlines and did almost the reverse with the boy in the lower left, situated in front of an area of shadowed ground. Schongauer was inspired by a painting of the subject by Jan van Eyck, now lost and known only through copies, and similarly created an image packed with lively characterizations of exotic figures and incidental detail, yet he pushed the entire procession to the foreground and, as in devotional icons, he turned Christ's head to confront the viewer, emphasizing man's identification with Christ's suffering.

AMICA ID: MMA_.35.27
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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