The Crucifixion in modern paintings

He died to save us all.

The Eclectic Light Company

To mark Good Friday, this year I bring a selection of more modern depictions of the Crucifixion, starting with William Blake in the early years of the nineteenth century.

The Crucifixion: 'Behold Thy Mother' c.1805 by William Blake 1757-1827 William Blake (1757–1827), The Crucifixion: ‘Behold Thy Mother’ (c 1805), ink and watercolour on paper, 41.3 x 30 cm, The Tate Gallery (Presented by the executors of W. Graham Robertson through the Art Fund 1949), London. © The Tate Gallery and Photographic Rights © Tate (2016), CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported),

Blake’s The Crucifixion: ‘Behold Thy Mother’ from about 1805 is a traditional scene from the Passion, and refers to the Gospel of John, chapter 19 verses 26-27:
When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, “Woman, behold thy son!” Then saith he to the disciple, “Behold thy mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

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By penwithlit

Freelance writer and radio presenter

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