CLEVE, Marten van I
(b. ca. 1527, Antwerpen, d. ca, 1581, Antwerpen)
Christ on the Road to Calvary1560
Oil on panel, 85 x 127 cm
The composition of this work appears to be unique and to have originated with van Cleve. The panel is one of artist's most important works. Many motifs - the dog in the foreground, the piebald horse, the hen in the basket, the young boy with the eggs - can be found in other works by the artist. Here the artist depicts a chaotic scene with figures crowded into the foreground against a bleak landscape leading up to Golgotha. Amidst the profusion of figures, it is almost difficult to pick out Christ carrying the Cross at middle left and the figure of a woman, presumably Veronica, holding out her veil.