Christ on the Cross, 1846. Creator: Eugene Delacroix.

Christ on the Cross, 1846. Creator: Eugene Delacroix.

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Christ on the Cross, 1846. Sharply silhouetted against the darkened sky is the dying Christ. A couple of gesturing spectators appear at the left, and on the right are two mounted Roman soldiers with billowing banners. Other onlookers are visible in the mid-ground. Although not a practicing Christian, Delacroix painted a number of New Testament subjects. Evidently, he was attracted to the drama of Christ's Passion and was endeavoring to deal with issues of personal faith raised by Christ's human and divine nature. When this work was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1847, the critics enthusiastically praised it, noting its affinities with Crucifixion scenes by the great Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens.

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People Information

  1. Eugene Delacroix, attributed to: French: Artist, painter
  1. Jesus Christ: Judean: Prophet

  1. "oil on canvas

Category Hierarchy

Religion & Belief Christianity

People Famous People

Society & Culture Art & Literature

Society & Culture Death & Burial

Digital Image Size

Pixel Dimensions (W x H) : 3869x4960
File Size : 56,222kb


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