This was a frequent subject in the El Greco workshop, of which Luis Tristán was the most outstanding student. The lengthening of proportions, the violence of the chiaroscuro and the modelling of the face all derive from El Greco.
The figure of the Crucified Christ with his head raised and body somewhat contorted, was a great devotional success in Toledo in the early 17th century. Various versions of this theme by Tristán can be seen in different parts of the city: the Santa Cruz Museum, the Cathedral Sacristy, the Santo Tomé Chapel (facing the famous El Greco painting ‘The Burial of the Conde de Orgaz’, as well as the Calvary scene in the Shrine of the Virgen de la Cabeza.
Details of the work
Height = 213 cm; Width = 119 cm