(b. 1798, Charenton-Saint-Maurice, d. 1863, Paris)

Christ on the Cross (sketch)

Oil on wood, 37 x 25 cm
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

The reign of Louis-Philippe saw a return to the great tradition of French religious painting. Commissions were forthcoming. When Delacroix came to paint one of the most anguished representations of the crucifixion, his Christ on the Cross, it was to Rubens and his Christ on the Cross (Le Coup de Lance) that he returned.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 22 minutes):
Heinrich Schütz: Die sieben Worte am Kreuz SWV 478