Christ Carrying the Cross, called "The Lord of the Fall"


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 626

This work belongs to the genre of "statue painting," that is, painted simulacra of sacred images. As a "true likeness" of a cult image, it was believed to possess the miraculous powers of the original, a sculpture of Christ the Nazarene venerated in the Cuzco church of San Francisco. The effectiveness of this type of painting depended on its veracity, a demand that led to the depiction not only of sculptures, but the altars and shrines where they were venerated. The sacred image of the Nazarene is displayed beneath a baldachin at the top of a stepped altar that is profusely decorated with additional sculptures, silver ornaments, and ephemera like candles, flowers, and feathers.

Christ Carrying the Cross, called "The Lord of the Fall", Unknown Cuzco Artist (Peru, second half 18th century), Oil and gold on canvas, Peru (Cuzco)

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