Zurbarán’s Iconic Depiction of Christ on the Cross


Francisco Zurbarán’s iconic depictions of Christ on the Cross are amongst the most striking and profoundly moving images to be found in Spanish Baroque art. In this episode of Masterworks, discover the power of Zurbarán’s remarkable painting as Christ’s body emerges from the darkness in a scene devoid of narrative details, forcing the viewer to focus on his sacrifice. The deliberately austere and emotionally powerful work was intended to shock the senses and stir the soul of the faithful in 17th century Spain. ‘Christ on the Cross’ is a highlight of our upcoming Old Masters Evening Sale (4 December | London). Click here to watch more Sotheby’s videos.

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