Christ Wearing the Crown of Thorns

Reni, Guido (1575-1642) | Painter


Baroque art sought to evoke the strongest possible emotions in the viewer. Reni produced exemplary pictorial inventions for many motifs, including this excellent late work. Christ is shown at the moment of his deepest humiliation. After being interrogated by Pontius Pilate, he was scourged and mocked by soldiers. They put a crown of thorns on his head and gave him the staff and robe, deriding him as a false king. Shocked at his treatment, Pilate later proclaimed: “Ecce homo” (“Behold the man”).

Material & Technique
Oil on canvas
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
c. 1639/40
Inventory number
Gal.-Nr. 330