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Ecce Homo

'Ecce Homo', the Latin title of this painting, is taken from the Bible, and means 'Behold the man!' These were the words of Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea, when he was sitting as the judge during the trial of Christ. Pilate, here shown wearing a turban and rising to his feet, is presenting Christ to the crowd. The picture evokes the fevered atmosphere of this show trial and is dominated by images of earthly power and authority. Christ stands slightly higher than his captors - he's the only figure looking upwards towards the 'true' judge, God.

This small black and white painting (known as a grisaille) was not made for sale. It is a full-scale preparatory study for one of Rembrandt'...

Oil on paper mounted onto canvas
54.5 x 44.5cm
Image and text © The National Gallery, London, 2023

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