Monday, 21 March 2016

Station 5: Simon helps Jesus to carry his Cross

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."
Matthew 25:40

Duccio di Buoninsegna - Way to Calvary

The scene on the Way to Calvary, as Duccio represents it, has the specific purpose of acting as an intermediary between past and future events. On the one hand, the slender, erect figure of Christ, with his hands still tied, refers the onlooker to the various stages of the trial. On the other hand, the direction in which all the characters are moving (to the right, towards the panel with the Crucifixion) and the cross borne by Simon of Cyrene.

DUCCIO di Buoninsegna (born ca. 1255, Siena, died 1319, Siena), painted the Way to Calvary in 1308 on wood, 51 x 54 cm.

Simon of Cyrene's  act of carrying the cross for Jesus is the fifth or seventh of the Stations of the Cross. Some interpret the passage as indicating that Simon was chosen because he may have shown sympathy with Jesus. Others point out that the text itself says nothing, that he had no choice, and that there is no basis to consider the carrying of the cross an act of sympathetic generosity. The Passion of the Christ film portrays him as a Jew being forced by the Romans to carry the cross, who at first is unwilling, but as the journey to Mount Calvary continues, shows compassion to Jesus and helps him make it to the top.

This painting is made by Peter Paul Rubens (28 June 1577 – 30 May 1640) and the figures on the painting is so evidently Rubens style op painting.

Titian Tiziano
Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry the Cross

This wonderful piece of Italian art is by Titian Tiziano (1490-1576) and if you are at the Museo del Prado in Madrid someday, have a look at it.


  1. It's amazing seeing the different styles depict the same scene isn't it. Thanks for sharing, Han.

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

    1. Walking through history is amazing. You can recognize a Rubens with your eyes closed, and even the Italian painters have a similar style of paintings, all the same subject, and yet so different interpretation.

      That is what makes life beautiful,


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