CANO, Alonso
(b. 1601, Granada, d. 1667, Granada)


Oil on canvas, 265 x 173 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Compositionally pared down Crucifixion scenes that differ from the theatrical scenes of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, with their abundance of action and detail, were frequently commissioned after the Council of Trent (1545-63), whose resolutions were aimed at strengthening Catholic morality and faith; they became especially common in Spain. This large altarpiece, apparently painted for a Dominican monastery, is intended to be viewed from below and to encourage prayerful concentration.