Man of Sorrows - Ecce Homo (recto)
Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641)
Height: 71 cm ( paper ); Width: 54 cm ( paper ); Width: 74.8 cm ( frame ); Height: 93 cm ( frame ); Depth: 8.5 cm ( frame );
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978
About this work
‘Ecce Homo’ (‘Behold the man’) were the words Pontius Pilate spoke when he presented Christ to the crowd before the Crucifixion. Christ is shown wearing the crown of thorns. This, the robe behind his back, and the reed he holds were all mocking symbols of royal authority, thrust upon Christ by his tormentors.
Van Dyck must have been thinking about Titian’s pictures of this subject as he worked on this painting. He admired Titian greatly and owned several of his works.
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