This dramatic panel by Ribalta is one of several of the Valenican master's copies after Sebastiano del Piombo's Christ Carrying the Cross
in the Museo del Prado, Madrid.1
Sebastiano completed his influential canvas in Rome around 1516 for the Valencian ambassador to Rome, Jerónimo Vich y Valterra. In 1521, Vich brought the painting home with him to Valencia, and it remained in his family's ancestral home where it seems likely Ribalta had the opportunity to have studied it. Sebastiano's canvas was in the Vich collection in Valencia until 1656, when it was gifted to King Philip IV.
We are grateful to José Gómez Frechina who, upon inspection of the painting in person, has endorsed the attribution to Ribalta.
1 Inv. no. P000345; see J.M Ortega Calderon, Todo El Prado, Madrid 1996, reproduced p. 349, fig. 971.