Christ Carrying the Cross
A follower of Hieronymus Bosch
1510 – 1535
Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent, Belgium

The artist unconventionally captures the vices of the human heart through its many faces and invites us to journey inwards. Notice the following details: To the bottom left lies Veronica – the brave young maiden who bravely offered to wipe Christ’s blood-dripping brow. She was rewarded the ‘vera icon’ or the ‘true picture’ of the Saviour’s face on her veil. To the bottom right stands the impenitent thief mocked by immoral emotions. Above him is the round-headed soldier representing greed. Next to him howls Barabbas.
Amidst this madness, Jesus carries His Cross silently. Indeed Jesus is the Prince of Peace.


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