Leonardo Corona, La Salita al Calvario

Last decade of the 16th century
Church of San Giovanni Eleemosinario, Venice, Italy

As Jesus falls under the soldier's cudgel, St. Veronica hands him her veil to wipe his face. Behind her stands the Virgin Mary (in blue with her arms crossed), and farther back St. John wipes a way a tear with a cloth that echoes Veronica's kerchief. The circle described by the three heads then completes itself with the bald pate of Simon of Cyrene, who helps lift the cross.

The woman with the baby on the far left is one of the "daughters of Jerusalem" to whom Jesus says, "do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children" (Luke 23:28).

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Photographed at the cross by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.