The Raising of the Cross
, 1633. Rembrandt painted himself into the depiction (in blue) to represent that he was (spiritually) present at the crucifixion.
The Raising of the Cross is part of the Crucifixion of Jesus, and has been a distinct subject of Christian art.
Notable depictions include The Elevation of the Cross by Peter Paul Rubens and The Raising of the Cross by Rembrandt.
In John's gospel, Jesus predicted that he would be "lifted up from the earth" (John 12:32) in order to draw all men to himself. John notes that Jesus was referring to his death (John 12:33).