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ID number:  BIRBI-97.2
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Dyck, Anthony van (1599-1641)
Title / Object name:  Ecce Homo (The mocking of Christ)
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Antwerp
Culture:  Flemish
Date made:  about 1630
Materials:  Etching with burin work by (?) Lucas Vorsterman I
Provenance:  Purchased April 1997

This scene, from the Gospel of Matthew (XXVII, 27-29), is a key episode in the events leading to Christ’s crucifixion. Roman soldiers have stripped Christ and given him a scarlet robe, crown of thorns and reed sceptre, and now mock him, crying: ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’. In depicting this subject - and even more so in the closely related Ecce Homo (‘Behold the Man’, for which see Van Dyck’s painting in the Red Gallery) – artists since the Renaissance had generally shown Christ with an heroically muscular, naked torso, to represent at once both his humanity and his divinity.

Notes:  Third state.

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