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Christ on the Road to Calvary, ca. 1385

Artist: Paolo di Giovanni Fei, Italian (Sienese School), ca.1345 - ca.1411

Medium: Tempera on canvas on wood panel

Painting: 10 1/2 x 8 3/8 in. (26.7 x 21.3 cm)
Frame: 17 1/8 x 14 1/2 in. (43.5 x 36.8 cm)

Credit Line: Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Object Number: 61.188

On View

Giulio Sterbini (d. 1911), Rome, by 1906 [as Simone Martini]; Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi (1878-1955), Rome-Florence, Oct. 5, 1927; Samuel H. Kress (1863-1955), New York, New York, 1939; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1957 (deaccessioned); Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York, New York, 1961

This small panel is a single scene from a narrative cycle that showed the Passion of Christ – the sequence of events surrounding Christ’s crucifixion. Here, Christ is shown carrying the cross from the walled city of Jerusalem to Calvary, the site of the Crucifixion. In an attempt at humiliation, Roman soldiers lead Christ by a rope while an onlooker is poised to strike him. To the left, the distress of the Virgin and Mary Magdalene is apparent. These multiple scenes were likely part of a much larger altarpiece, of which only two other scenes (of the Flagellation and Crucifixion, in private collections) have been identified.