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The Road To Calvary

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.


c. 1480–90


Martin Schongauer
German, c. 1430/50-1491

About this artwork

Martin Schongauer, a contemporary of the Master of the Housebook, produced this more durable and significantly larger engraving of Christ’s journey to his Crucifixion. The exact chronology of these very different images remains unclear. Both are horizontal to provide additional breadth for their landscape, and both place Christ and his captors centrally. But Schongauer widened the image into a panorama extending from the city of Jerusalem to Golgotha, looking forward to later Netherlandish painters, and replaced the soft meditation of the Master of the Housebook’s image with loud spectacle, as Christ’s tormentors multiply and the distance he must travel lengthens.

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Martin Schongauer


The Road To Calvary




Artist's working dates 1485–1491


Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


287 x 430 mm (sheet trimmed within plate mark)

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Clarence Buckingham Collection

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