The J. Paul Getty Museum

Christ before Herod

Object Details

Title:

Christ before Herod

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. 143v

Dimensions:

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

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Object Description

Lavishly dressed in red velvet and ermine, Herod stands before a green-canopied throne on a platform raised above Christ. The cloth of the canopy twists around the columns of the throne, echoing and emphasizing the flamboyant, haughty posture of Herod, whose hand casually rests on his hip. In contrast, Christ, stands erect despite his bound hands, while lowering his head in humility.