Andrea Mantegna: Ecce Homo (1500)


(Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris, France)

A painting by the Italian artist Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506). Ecce Homo is Latin for "behold the man" which were the words of by Pontius Pilate when he presented a scourged Jesus Christ to the crowd,before his Crucifixion:

Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, and said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands. Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him. Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man! (John 19:1-5)
The two notes in the upper left and right corner contain the words "Crucifige eum, tolle eum" (= away with him, crucify him!) - the answer of the people to Pontius Pilate. Painting from 1500.



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