RUBENS, Peter Paul
(b. 1577, Siegen, d. 1640, Antwerpen)
Christ on the Cross between the Two Thieves1619-20
Oil on panel, 429 x 311 cm
Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp
The painting is also called as Pierced with a Lance.
Rubens' close involvement with the resurgence of Catholicism and the struggle for power led to the production a numerous large altarpieces. His stirring baroque ideas come to the fore in The Lance, with its emotionally charged, highly plastic figures.