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Raphael was born in Italy in 1483. Child of Giovanni Santi, he was a talented artist from his very early years. After his father's death, he became Pietro Perugino's apprentice, moving to Florence and reaching the peak of his career in Rome, where he was commissioned by the Popes Julius II and Leo X.
This artwork is one of the most revered oil paintings made by the genius Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino and is considered a sacred piece. Commissioned by the monastery Santa Maria dello Spasimo, in Palermo, Il Spasimo di Sicilia was painted in Rome. It was sent to Sicily by sea, but the ship faced a great storm, and it hit a rock, suffering a shipwreck. The vessel was broken to pieces, and the cargo was lost, as was the crew.
The canvas of The Hill of Calvary, protected by its case, was carried by sea to Genoa's shore - considered a miracle. The masterpiece was found unharmed, even after enduring the furious waves and winds, with the Holy protection upon the beauty of such magnificent work. When the news about the surviving of the painting spread abroad, the monks tried to retrieve the work of art, but they had to ask for Papal intervention and support.
The painting describes the moment that Jesus Christ fell while carrying the cross to his crucifixion, as sentenced by Pontius Pilate. His mother, Virgin Mary, was hit by a spasm of agony, showing the Swoon of the Virgin or Lo Spasimo della Vergine. Raphael drew on the left a similar man to the one he portrayed in The Judgement of Solomon fresco in the Stanza Della Segnatura, but reversed.
Simon of Cyrene, as part of the Holy Via Crucis, is represented by lifting the cross from Christ's back and looking at the guards with severity. The four Marys, at the right side of the canvas, are depicted in despair, with all the grace, details, and perfection that is common to the work of a great master. On the left side of the painting, a composition of guards. One of them carries a rope that is tied to Jesus, while the other threatens him to force the Nazarene to move. A third one, riding a horse, holds a red banner.
In 1661, King Philip IV acquired the painting to display on the altar of Royal Alcazar of Madrid chapel. Two centuries later, during the Napoleonic Wars, The Hill of Calvary was moved to Paris, until 1822. The artwork returned to Spain, where it is housed until today.
Real Oil Paints, Real Brushes, Real Artists, Real Art. The Certificate of Authenticity which arrives with every painting provides an assurance and verifies the authenticity of the hand painted fine art reproduction you purchased. Each oil painting is created by hand using only the finest canvas and oil paints available.
Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Hill of Calvary, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Hill of Calvary that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
All orders ship with UPS, FedEx or DHL and will arrive directly to your home or office. A tracking number will be emailed to you as soon as the order leaves our studio so you can track it online. All orders ship express and usually arrive within 4-5 days from the shipping date. Due to shipping restraints, many of our framed, stretched, and oversize paintings may take 6-21 days for arrival depending on the safest route determined by the postal service.