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Christ Crowned with Thorns

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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In a guardroom that looks more like a Flemish tavern than a prison, a crown of thorns is being placed on Christ’s head. This humiliating moment, recounted in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and John, was one of a number of such episodes in the lead-up to Christ’s crucifixion. Here, the henchmen wear contemporary dress, giving the scene an air of realism that was unusual for the time.

The National Gallery, London



Christ Crowned with Thorns




oil on copper


H 56.8 x W 77 cm

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gift from the collection of Willem Baron van Dedem, 2017

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