Ecce Homo (Large Passion Series)

A crowd of men, rendered as a dense mass of bodies and faces that bristles with pikes and spears, gather before a porch attached to an ornately decorated stone building. A bearded man, wearing rich dress and a turban leans over the balustrade of the porch toward the crowd with his arms outstretched and his hands open as he turns his head to look at the man standing beside him. This sorrowful figure wears only a crown of thorns and a long robe that is partly opened by the man standing behind him to reveal his lean body flecked with drops of sweat or blood.
Albrecht Dürer
1498-1500
This woodcut print depicts the episode from Christ's passion known as the "Ecce Homo," or "Behold the man," the words with which Pontius Pilate presented Christ after he had been beaten to the crowd gathered at his palace (John 19:5). Christ, naked except for the crown of thorns and a long robe, appears on a porch next to the turbaned figure of Pilate, who extends his hands toward the crowd in a gesture of presentation as he turns to look at Christ. The crowd, a dense mass of bodies and faces, bristles with menace.
Museum Purchase
1953/1.48
Wednesday, December 1, 2021