Ecce Homo, late 19th century
Artist: After Guido Reni
Medium: Oil on canvas

Ecce Homo is a motif in Christian art depicting the scourged Christ in the crown of thorns. The words "Behold the Man" were to be pronounced by Pilate, who portrayed Christ to the Jewish people.

A scene of the Ecce Homo is a standard component of cycles illustrating the Passion and Life of Christ in art. From the 15th century, devotional pictures began to portray Jesus alone, in half or full figure with a purple robe, loincloth, crown of thorns and torture wounds, especially on his head.

Guido Reni (1575-1642) was a very prolific painter. He created murals, monumental altar paintings, easel paintings on religious, mythological, historical and allegorical themes as well as portraits. He was inspired by ancient art and painting by Rafael and Caravaggio. His paintings are characterized by: high technical qualities, the boldness of brush strokes, a complicated composition and the softness of color and forms. He developed a sentimental and emotional stereotype of the scene Ecce Homo (many versions), which was reproduced in devotional painting until the end of the 19th century. He educated many students who, along with his followers, produced huge amounts of copies of his paintings and motifs.

The figure of Christ in this painting shown frontally, with his head tilted to his right arms. Shown with a crown of thorns on the head and a robe dangling from the left shoulder. The whole scene is set on a very dark background. His silhouette is lit up and taken out of the darkness. The source of light falls from the upper right side of the canvas.

Framed in a rectangular with oval inside frame, which gives oval composition of the artwork. Wooden, carved, decorative and gilded frame.

The work is unsigned. Composition, coloring, depicting the scene as the paintings of Guido Reni was an inspiration for the artist.

The painting was sold in the Old Master sale at Chiswick Auctions on 20th March 2019 - LOT 80

Chick here for the catalog https://issuu.com/chiswickauctions/docs/chiswick_-auctions-old-master-paint/38

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