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Christ and the Pope

Photo credit: Glasgow Museums

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Christ and the Pope face each other. Christ is mounted on a donkey, wearing his crown of thorns and humble habit, making a blessing gesture. The frowning richly-dressed Pope, by contrast, is crowned with gold and rides a proud white charger. The poem in Germanic dialect below makes further explicit comparisons between the humble appearance and actions of Christ and those of the pompous Pope – referring throughout to Christ as 'the lord' and the Pope as 'the servant'. The final summing-up sentence, translated, reads: '… the servant acts in opposition to the lord'.




oil on panel


H 56.8 x W 77.8 cm

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Stirling Maxwell Collection, gift, 1967

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