The J. Paul Getty Museum

Ecce Homo

Object Details

Title:

Ecce Homo

Artist/Maker:

Simon Bening (Flemish, about 1483 - 1561)

Culture:

Flemish

Place:

Bruges, Belgium (Place Created)

Date:

about 1525–1530

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig IX 19 (83.ML.115), fol. 164v

Dimensions:

Leaf: 16.8 × 11.4 cm (6 5/8 × 4 1/2 in.)

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Object Description

Pilate brings Christ, covered in blood and crowned with thorns, before the Jews in order that they might judge him. The response of the crowd is to call for his crucifixion. Because Pilate uttered the words Ecce Homo (Behold the man) upon presenting Christ to the people, the scene is known by that name. Simon Bening filled the lower half of the miniature with the raucous crowd, thereby contrasting the ugly mob with the isolated and vulnerable figure of Christ.