Jesus on the Cross is an iconic figure within many religions and cultures and Jesusonthecross.org features detailed information on the story behind this moment in history, as well as offering the finest paintings which have been produced since which represent this in a manner of different artistic styles. There are also other related paintings too covering the life of Jesus Christ and other moments in his life.
Jesus Christ is certainly one of the most featured people within art from any period in history and notable painters featured in this website who incorporated his powerful image within their works included Rembrandt, William Bouguereau, Diego Velazquez, Caravaggio, Sir Anthony Van Dyck, El Greco, Hieronymus Bosch and Albrecht Durer. The paintings come from hugely wide ranging periods and this ensures that the techniques used with each are very different, as are the moods in which he is depicted.
Jesus on the Cross
Jesus on the Cross above was painted by Spanish artist Diego Velazquez and originally titled, Crucifixion. It is one of the most recognisable pieces of art work by Velazquez and also one of the most artistically respected paintings depicting Jesus Christ upon the Cross. During the moment that Velazquez captured in his 17th century painting, Jesus was taken through a extraordinarily painful and brutal treatment which Christians hold up as a symbol of salvation and atonement.
Despite the shocking nature of his punishment plus the harsh realities that can be seen in art that depicts this, it is still very popular within religious circles as a reproduction for those who want to remember his sacrifices and ensure his words are not forgotten. The more obvious ways to remember Jesus and his sad demise is through the Crucifixion crosses that many people wear around their necks, which is clearly more portable than a large painting which is better for home display.
Christ on the Cross
Christ on the Cross above was a painting by Matthias Grünewald and was originally titled The Crucifixion, from the Isenheim Altarpiece. Matthias Grünewald produced many religious themed paintings and these dominate his selection of best known contributions to the art movement in which he was a part. The particular painting above is included here because it is certainly one of the more graphic and shocking depictions of Jesus Christ, with the true horrors of his treatment laid to bare on canvas for all to see. This contrasts markedly from the saintly look found in the painting below.
Whilst non-religious people consistently challenge and doubt much that Christians believe there seems a general consensus across the board that Jesus existed and the circumstances of his death were roughly accurate within Christian scripture. This is an important acceptance as much of the belief that Christians hold comes from this and other events around this time in the 1st century AD.
Jesus Christ painting by Heinrich Hofmann
Jesus Christ above is a far more flattering portrait and will be popular as a reproduction for those who want to appreciate Jesus Christ within their own homes as art, but prefer something slightly more positive and uplifting an image, particularly where perhaps young children may see the painting. As such, Heinrich Hofmann's is ideal in capturing a saintly and very human looking figure that is much more palatable and easier to relate to than other, more graphic approaches which many painters took over the past centuries.
According to Hebrew scripture, Jesus was arrested in Gethsemane following the Last Supper with the twelve Apostles, which itself has become a similarly symbolic scene which again features commonly in art, most notably by Leonardo da Vinci. Jesus was then later put on trial in front of Sanhedrin, Pontius Pilate, and Herod Antipas where he was convicted and the decision was made for his later crucifixion, that itself became the single most important image in Christian religions, and remains instantly recognisable some 2,000 years later.
Christ Crucified with the Virgin Saint John and Mary Magdalene painting by Sir Anthony Van Dyck
Christ Crucified with the Virgin Saint John and Mary Magdalene is another highly symbolic painting depicting this famous scene and came from famed artist Anthony Van Dyck who himself built a well respected career across Europe several centuries ago. To see the list of artists included across this website is almost a who's who of the finest portrait painters of the past 500 years and this simply underlines the importance of the Christian religion, and the symbol of Jesus on the Cross to it, within Europe over this period.
For many years the most gifted artists across Europe would find the best commissions paid only in a few different areas, making their artistic freedom slightly hampered. The rich institutions of religion were amongst the biggest payers and, as such, most significant painters at this time would be required to cover famous religious scenes at some point in their career, either as paintings or occassionally directly onto inside walls of buildings to add glamour and prestige to that location.
Jesus Christ on the Cross painting by Matthias Grünewald
Matthias Grünewald, above, produces probably the most gruesome of all Christ on the Cross depictions with visible detail and very lifelike injuries found on the iconic symbol.
Crucifixion painting by Matthias Grünewald
Head of Jesus painting by Rembrandt
Head of Jesus by Rembrandt
Sacred Heart of Jesus painting
Sacred Heart of Jesus
The Crucifixion painting by Hans Memling
The Crucifixion by Hans Memling
Jesus Christ on the Cross painting by El Greco
El Greco was a significant Greek artist with a style which was quite innovative at the time and incorporated some of his own emotions within the paintings that he passionately contributed to the art scene of that time. El Greco completed several religious depictions in his career and would always add his own creative flair, making them original and interesting alternatives to the others featured in this website.
The paintings featured in this website are simply just a short selection of the huge numbers that have been created by professional artists over the past 1,000 years, with amateurs adding many more besides. Below is a summarised list of the most respected and important paintings to have come since the Middle Ages which depict Jesus on the Cross or another, directly related topic.
Aside from all the topics discussed here with regards Jesus Christ on the Cross, there are many important subjects that you can also look further into, with each offering more interesting paintings from key artists too.
Crucifixion painting by Bernardo Daddi
Calvary painting by Octavio Ocampo
Virgin with Angels painting by William Adolphe Bouguereau
Pieta sculpture by Michelangelo
Light of the World painting by William Holman Hunt
Homecoming painting by Danny Hahlbohm
Greek Orthodox Icon Depicting Jesus Crucifixion
Carrying of the Cross painting by Hieronymus Bosch
Landauer Altarpiece painting by Albrecht Durer
Descent from the Cross painting by Tim Ashkar
Crucifixion of Christ painting by Tintoretto
Jesus on the Cross painting by Hieronymus Bosch
Jesus on the Road to Calvary painting by Bonaventura Berlinghieri
Jesus on the Cross painting by Philippe De Champaigne
Elevation of the Cross painting by Peter Paul Rubens
Ecce Homo painting by Antonio Ciseri
Jesus' Last Supper painting by Salvador Dali
Head of Jesus Painting painting by Ron Marsh
Ascension of Christ painting by Rembrandt van Rijn
Christ on Water painting by Jason Bullard
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