Christ on the Cross Between the Two Thieves, Peter Paul Rubens


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Commissioned by Charles I of England, "Christ on the Cross Between the Two Thieves" by Peter Paul Rubens is a monumental Baroque masterpiece that depicts the crucifixion of Christ against a backdrop of chaotic landscape and tumultuous skies. The painting, completed in 1620, is one of Rubens's most famous and revered works, capturing the raw emotion and dramatic intensity of the crucifixion scene.

Rubens's vivid and expressive brushwork brings the scene to life, with the figures of Christ and the thieves rendered in bold, contrasting colors. Christ's suffering is palpable, his body contorted in agony as he hangs from the cross. The thieves, in contrast, appear more resigned to their fate, their expressions conveying a mix of fear and despair.

The surrounding landscape, rendered in a swirling vortex of dark clouds and rocky terrain, mirrors the turmoil of the crucifixion scene. The figures are dwarfed by the vastness of the landscape, emphasizing the isolation and vulnerability of Christ in his final moments.

Rubens's use of color and light is equally dramatic. The warm glow of the setting sun casts an otherworldly light on the scene, highlighting Christ's figure and drawing focus to his sacrifice. The interplay of light and darkness further emphasizes the drama of the scene, creating a sense of tension and anticipation.

"Christ on the Cross Between the Two Thieves" is a powerful and moving depiction of one of Christianity's most significant events. Rubens's masterful use of color, light, and composition creates a visually arresting and emotionally resonant image that has captivated viewers for centuries.

Available as a fine art print and as a stretched canvas panel (heavy fine art canvas stretched over 1.5 inch deep edge solid wood frame)

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All prints are made using archival art stocks and UV pigment inks to give up to 200 years life. Prints are sold unframed and unmounted.


All orders for unframed fine art prints and original paintings are dispatched within 2 working days of receipt of payment.

Orders for custom framed prints are dispatched within 4 working days.

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Size and Printed Materials

Fine art papers are printed without any additional white border Please let us know at the time of ordering if you would like a small additional white border.

Rolled canvas options have an additional white border of approximately 2.5 inches (7cm) on all 4 sides to aid stretching.

Ready to hang canvas panels are stretched on 1.5 inch deep solid pine frames from sustainable forestry sources. The image is mirrored on all 4 sides to give an aesthetically pleasing finish.

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Framing Options - Instructions

We have a wide range of frames in standard sizes and we also make custom size frames.

To order a framed print:

1. select the print size you would like along with the print materials (matte paper, fine art paper).

2. Add your print choice to the basket.

3. Choose from our range of frames

4. Select the same size as the print you have added to your basket. If the frame size you want is not listed please contact us

5. Choose from the mount or no-mount option

6. Add your frame choice to the basket

7. Proceed to checkout.

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