The correct way of representing the clothes of Christ in the “The procession to Calvary with the cross”
The Passion of Christ iconography was an important topic for Pacheco. The author in this passage analyses the scene of “The procession to Calvary with the cross”, and presented the artwork made by Luis de Vargas as an example of an inadequate manner of depicting Christ: wearing only one tunic, instead of two garments on him, mantle, and skirt (the correct manner).
The two ways of depicting the procession of Christ to Calvary
The iconography of Passion of Christ was an important topic for Pacheco. When the author analysed the scene of “The procession to Calvary with the cross”, he examined the scene in which Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry his cross. It can be depicted in two manners according to the author: Cyrene helping Christ behind him, carrying the end of the Cross; or Jesus Christ would have passed it to the shoulder of Cyrene so that he carried it alone. Pacheco states should not be reprehended if painted in one way or the other.