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Christ Carrying the Cross

Here Spencer depicts a scene from the end of Christ's life taking place in his own hometown. In the biblical account, Christ carries the cross through Jerusalem, but Spencer sets the scene in the English village of Cookham. Spencer believed that religious feeling was present in everyday settings and events. This painting was partly inspired by watching builders carrying ladders down a Cookham street. These figures are present in the painting, following behind Christ. The Virgin Mary sits by a railing in the foreground. The brick house is the artist's family home.

Credit: Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1925...

Oil paint on canvas
1530.0 x 1429.0mm
Image © Estate of Stanley Spencer, 2022
Text © Tate Britain, 2022

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