BRUEGEL, Pieter the Elder
(b. ca. 1525, Brogel, d. 1569, Brussel)

Christ Carrying the Cross (detail)

Oil on oak panel
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Bruegel has hidden Christ, who has collapsed under his cross, in the midst of a crowd moving towards the place of execution as if to a public spectacle, playing and horsing around, discussing. The officers seem to be arguing as to whether Jesus should be helped in carrying his cross.