Christ, c. 1612
Peter Paul Rubens, Workshop of
oil on oak
113.4 x 81.5 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 3696)
In about 1611 Rubens and his workshop painted a set of thirteen panels showing Christ and the apostles. The set is now in the Prado museum, but the panel showing Christ is missing. This is the best of the surviving copies of the lost work later made by Ruben’s workshop. Christ holds the cross, but his hands already bear the marks of the nails used to crucify him (the wound in his side is just visible). The painting does not capture any precise moment in Christ’s life: it instead is meant to invoke our pity and devotion.