The Procession to Calvary

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

Sign up to leave a rating

l'Ancien Pieter Brueghel, 1564

Northern Renaissance
religious painting

This is the second-largest known painting by Bruegel (after [url=]The Wine of Saint Martin's Day[/url]). For Bruegel the composition is unusually traditional. Perhaps because he was treating such a solemn religious event, he adopted a well-known scheme. Christ's insignificance among the crowds is a familiar device of mannerist painting, as is the artificial placing of Mary and her companions in a rocky foreground, which is deliberately distanced from the dramatic events taking place behind them.

image of The Procession to Calvary