Modern Painting of Christ Carrying the Cross in Traditional Style

Following on from an earlier posting about the Russian school in Florence, Italy which teaches the academic method as it was practiced in Russia in the 19th century, I would like to draw readers’ attention to a painting of Christ carrying the cross by and artist called Ilya Ovcharenko.

 I like very much the dark shadowy feel – very baroque and the fact that the faces are generally in shadow which is characteristic of 17th century sacred art (as we saw in Van Dyck recently) but different from the way that portraits are painted. This helps it to avoid the sentimentality that infects so many modern works of sacred art in the naturalistic style. I don’t know many artists around today who are able to produce sacred art to this level.

 If you want to see a larger reproduction, follow the link here, and you will see a thumbnail, top middle, which you will be able to enlarge using your cursors.

David Clayton


David is an Englishman living in New Hampshire, USA. He is an artist, teacher, published writer and broadcaster who holds a permanent post as Artist-in-Residence and Lecturer in Liberal Arts at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. The Way of Beauty program, which is offered at TMC, focuses on the link between Catholic culture, with a special emphasis on art, and the liturgy. David was received into the Church in London in 1993. Visit the Way of Beauty blog at

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  • CharlesOConnell

    One school of opinion, from the forensic evidence of il Sindone di Torino, is that our Blessed Lord carried, not the vertical segment, but only the crosspiece of the Crucifix.

    I wonder if this has ever been represented in traditional . sacred art?