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Christ crowned with Thorns
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Christ crowned with Thorns

Circa 1475

Follower of Dieric (the elder) Bouts (c.1415 - 1475)

Oil on panel

Width: 38.3 cm ( frame ); Height: 47.8 cm ( frame ); Depth: 4.8 cm ( frame ); Width: 23.8 cm ( panel ); Height: 32.3 cm ( panel ); Width: 21.6 cm ( painted surface ); Height: 31.4 cm ( painted surface );

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978

About this work
This emotive image derives from representations of the imprint of Christ's features upon the veil that Veronica is said to have used to wipe his face on the way to his crucifixion. Blood trickles down Christ’s face from the crown of thorns that his tormentors placed on his head, in mockery of his claim to be the king of the Jews. The tears falling from his eyes echo the drops of blood.

The picture has been connected with the Netherlandish painter Bouts but it may in fact be the work of a Spanish artist. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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