Sunday, 20 March 2016

Station 3: Jesus falls for the first time

We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:6

The procession to Calvary comes to a dead halt when Jesus collapses under the weight of the Cross (see picture above). Calvary is a different name for the Golgotha hill. To the right in the foreground a small mournful crowd has gathered around Mary and John the Evangelist.
The composition consisting of several small groups vaguely calls to mind the work of Jan van Eyck. The landscape is more Flemish than Palestinian - if it wasn't for the strange mountain the windmill stands on.

Some think Bruegel may have tried to compare Flanders and Palestine: Flanders was governed by Spain, and Palestine was occupied by the Romans. Both were aspiring for freedom.


Arent de Gelder: Gang naar Golgotha

Arent de Gelder was born and died in Dordrecht. He was one of Rembrandt’s last pupils while in Amsterdam, studying in his studio from 1661 to 1663. He was not only one of the most talented of Rembrandt’s pupils, but also one of his most devoted followers, for he was the only Dutch artist to paint in the tradition of Rembrandt's late style into the 18th century.

Following Rembrandts lead, De Gelder would paint such artworks as "The Baptism of Christ" and ".Ahimelech Giving the Sword of Goliath to David" and "Gang naar Golgotha". Story telling and  emphasizing the human element to biblical characters is one of the distinguishing elements of this style, as opposed to the courtly and distant emotions and imagery of other artists, even in the Renaissance period.


  1. Beautiful paintings.
    The colors of first one, are sooooo unuesally for this kind of motive.
    I would say it is about summer work at feild.
    What a different to second one.. Desert..
    Sad colors .
    Thank you, Han.
    Mona Lisa

    1. Brueghel colours... The intense yellow we now think Van Gogh has claimed. Breughel did that hundreds of years before... So full you don't know where to look at first. That is why I displayed the detail, and if you see the explanation you understand the painting much better.

      The second painting are Dutch skies. Dark, threatening maybe. A masterpiece as well in it own merit.

      Thank you for your comment,

  2. Thank you for sharing the explanation and paintings, Han. I really like the composition of "Gang naar Golgotha".

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

    1. Yes, I do as well. Neither a famous painter, nor a famous painting, but I like the way to Skull Mountain very much.

      Thank you for your comment,



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