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Christ crowned with thorns
 
17th Century
Giovanni BAGLIONE
Christ crowned with thorns
[Ecce Homo]
c.1610
Oil on canvas
163 x 116 cm  [HxW]
Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, Roma
 

Carracci and Reni influenced Baglione. A strongly structured work with realistic attention to the disturbing details of the crucifixion: a leather strap, rope, pincers and hammer. Near the cross is an idealised figure of Christ, leaning on a sarcophagus and holding the cane with which he was mocked, in contrast to the figure in the background. Joseph of Arimathea was given Jesus’ body, which he wrapped in a new linen sheet and placed in his own rock tomb. At the resurrection ‘His appearance was like lightning and his clothes were white as snow’ (Matthew 28/3).

 
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