Sir Stanley Spencer Christ Carrying the Cross 1920

Artwork details

Artist
Sir Stanley Spencer 1891–1959
Title
Christ Carrying the Cross
Date 1920
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1530 x 1429 mm
frame: 1777 x 1670 x 68 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1925
Reference
N04117

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Spencer was a devout Christian and believed God resided in all things and the miraculous could be found in everyday events. In his paintings, Cookham – the small town on the Thames where he lived – becomes the setting for scenes from the life of Christ and other Christian narratives. This is one of a series of scenes from the Passion of Christ. Carpenters walking down Cookham High Street form a link with Christ’s carrying the cross through Jerusalem.

July 2007

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