For years, the art has been around, and human beings have widely embraced the idea of putting their work into art whether in a painting or drawing. To make sure that some of the finest creativity is preserved for generations to come to view and to enjoy, people designed and constructed art museum where these artistic works would be preserved. Therefore, an art museum is a building for the exhibition of art, particularly visual art. There are a different kind of museum around the world both public and private but are widely differentiated by the ownership of the collection (Carrier, 2011,). One of the common arts an individual can find in a museum is a painting of Jesus Christ carrying the cross which is widely associated with the Renaissance period in Europe.
Renaissance represents a period in the European human advancement instantly taking after the middle ages and traditionally held to have been portrayed by an improvement of enthusiasm for established grant and values. Christ carrying the cross is one of the most cherished and respected paintings that was designed and painted by Hieronymus Bosch back in the early 16th century. This paint is mostly found at the museum of fine arts in Ghent, Belgium. This piece of the painting shows Jesus Christ carrying the cross above a dull background surrounded by few people who can only be made because of their heads. Jesus wears a woeful expression; his eyes are closed, and he has a head reliant. Additionally, at the bottom corner of the painting, there is an image of the impenitent thief, who sneers against three other people who are eventually mocking him (Kubissa, 2011). On the other side of the painting at the top right of the painting, there is the penitent thief portrayed by a very pale skin while being confessed by an ugly looking monk. Moreover, at the bottom left of the painting, there is an image of Veronica with the Holy Shroud with half-open eyes and her face is looking back. At the top left of the painting, there is an image of Simon of Cyrene, but his face is upside upturned.
One of the most important roles of an artist in the society is to record history so that the future generation can have a reference material. Art is a form of communication that can be used to reach out and touch diverse people from all over the universe. The recorded art can also lift the spirit of people when they are down as well as create controversy especially in situations where the people do not fully understand the message contained in a piece of art. However, it is worth noting that the role of an artist in the society widely depends on the personality of the artist (“Modern Miracle: Christ Carrying the Cross in the Scuola di San Rocco,” 2017,). The primary intention of the artist in this painting is to show the sufferings well as the last minutes of Jesus Christ’s journey on earth before he was crucified. Therefore, the artist wants to show that people will eventually suffer and pass through trials before they succeed or achieve their goals.
The piece of art is high value among the Jews considering that Jesus was a Jew and it represents the Jewish culture. It also Shows the life journey to the cross which popular among all Christians. Some of the popular cultural elements in the picture are the clothes worn by the people in the painting, the holy shroud in Veronica’s hands as well as headgears worn by the different people in the society depending on their role and class.
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Kubissa, T. P. (2011). ‘Christ Carrying the Cross’, the first rediscovered painting by Matthijs Willenhoudt. Oud Holland – Quarterly for Dutch Art History, 124(4), 231-233. doi:10.1163/187501712799818187
A Modern Miracle: Christ Carrying the Cross in the Scuola di San Rocco. (2017). The Lives of Paintings. doi:10.1515/9783110495775-003