Christ Carrying the Cross

Object Details

Title:

Christ Carrying the Cross

Artist/Maker:

Attributed to Marco d' Oggiono (Italian, about 1467 - 1524)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

about 1495 - 1500

Medium:

Oil on panel

Dimensions:

36.8 × 27.3 cm (14 1/2 × 10 3/4 in.)

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Drops of blood are visible on Christ's brow as he carries the cross to his Crucifixion. The immediacy of this close-up image invites the viewer to contemplate the pain and meaning of Christ's sacrifice.

Associated with Leonardo da Vinci, Marco d'Oggiono subtly manipulated light and shadow in this work to heighten the impression of Christ's patient submission to his fate.

Images of Christ carrying the cross were extremely popular in northern Italy in the late 1400s. Oggiono made this painting and others like it for the purpose of private devotion.

Provenance
possibly from 1730s - 1740s

Possibly George Proctor, died 1744 (Langley Park, Norfolk, England), possibly by inheritance to his nephew, William Beauchamp Proctor, 1744.

possibly 1744 - 1773

Possibly Sir William Beauchamp-Proctor, 1st Bart., 1722 - 1773 (Langley Park, Norfolk, England), possibly by inheritance to his son, Thomas Beauchamp Proctor, 1773.

possibly 1773, by 1785 - 1827

Sir Thomas Beauchamp-Proctor, 2nd Bart., 1756 - 1827 (Langley Park, Norfolk, England), by inheritance to his son, William Beauchamp Proctor, 1827.

1827 - 1861

Sir William Beauchamp-Proctor, 3rd Bart., 1781 - 1861 (Langley Park, Norfolk, England)

1861 - 1874

Sir Thomas William Brograve Proctor-Beauchamp, 4th Bart., 1815 - 1874 (Langley Park, Norfolk, England), by inheritance to his son, Reginald William Proctor-Beauchamp, 1874.
Source: Exhibition of the works of the old masters, associated with works of deceased masters of the British School, exh. cat. (London: Royal Academy of Arts, 1871), p. 25, no. 275.

1874 - 1912

Sir Reginald William Proctor-Beauchamp, 5th Bart., 1853 - 1912 (Langley Park, Norfolk, England), by inheritance to his eldest daughter, Sheila Ginevra Hilda Mary Beauchamp, 1912.

1912 - 1947

Sheila Ginevra Hilda Mary Beauchamp, died 1953 (Langley Park, Norfolk, England; The Cottage, Berghapton, Norwich, Norfolk, England) [The Trustees of the late Sir Reginald Proctor-Beauchamp sale, Sotheby's, London, June 11, 1947, lot 21, to Frank T. Sabin.]
Source: Sotheby's, London. Catalogue of Highly Important Paintings by Old Masters. June 11, 1947, p. 6, lot. 21. Annotated by Ellis Kirkham Waterhouse.

1947 - still in 1951

Frank T. Sabin (London, England)

- 1980

Capt. Vivian Bulkeley-Johnson, died 1968 (The Mount, Oxfordshire, England)

- 1980

and Mrs. Vivian Bulkeley-Johnson (The Mount, Oxfordshire, England) [sold, Bulkeley-Johnson sale, Christie's, London, April 18, 1980, lot 78, to Piero Corsini.]

1980 - 1985

Piero Corsini (New York, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1985.
Source: Piero Corsini Inc., New York. Italian Old Master Paintings: Fourteenth to Eighteenth Century. November 17 to December 9, 1984, pp. 24-25, no. 10, ill.

Exhibitions
Exhibition of the Works of the Old Masters (1871) (Cat. 275; as Leonardo da Vinci)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), 1871
Exhibition of Works by the Old Masters (1878) (Cat. 222; as Leonardo da Vinci)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London)
Italian Old Master Paintings (November 17 to December 8, 1984) (Cat. 10; as Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis)
  • Piero Corsini Inc. (New York), November 17 to December 8, 1984
Il Cinquecento Lombardo (October 4, 2000 to February 25, 2001) (Cat. III. 15; as Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis)
  • Palazzo Reale (Milano)
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Neale, J. P. Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen, in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. 6 vols. (London: Sherwood, Jones and Co., 1818-1823), vol. 6 (1823) unpaginated, under Langley Park.

Exhibition of the Works of the Old Masters, exh. cat. (London: Royal Academy of Arts, 1871) p. 25, no. 275.

Exhibition of Works by the Old Masters, exh. cat. (London: Royal Academy of Arts, 1878) p. 42, no. 222.

Sotheby's, London. Catalogue of Highly Important Paintings by Old Masters. June 11, 1947 p. 6, lot 21.

Connoisseur 126, no. 519 (January 1951) pp. 48-49, ill.

Piero Corisni Inc., New York. Italian Old Master Paintings: Fourteenth to Eighteenth Century. November 17 to December 8, 1984 pp. 24-25, no. 10, ill.

"Acquisitions/1985." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 14 (1986) pp. 211-212, no. 110.

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