This painting belongs to the Musèe des Beaux Arts de Nantes, although I saw and photographed it at the Musée d’Orsay (Paris) in August, 2015.
The author, who is very well-known because of his works as an engraver (Don Quijote, the Bible or the Faust -Goethe-), painted a real masterpiece in which we can admire the interplay of lights and shadows and the pshycological portrait of the people displayed. Of course, Christ’s figure is outstanding, not only because he is displayed in the middle of the scene but because of the light illuminates him fully. He descends the stairs, already sentenced to death by crucifixion and crowned with thorns to take the Cross that awaits for him in the end of the stairs.
Then we can also see the Virgin, dressed in blue, nearly dismayed by the scene, right of the Christ. Lastly, we can also see Judas, dressed in red and looking to the viewer at the left of the scene. In the beginning of the stairs, we can see Pontius Pilatus and other Romans and the Hebrew chiefs.
In subsequent posts, I will post more details of the painting above.