Christ Being Crowned with Thorns (1510) by Albrecht Durer

Christ Being Crowned with Thorns - Albrecht Durer - 1510

Artwork Information

TitleChrist Being Crowned with Thorns
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationBritish Museum, London, UK

About Christ Being Crowned with Thorns

“Christ Being Crowned with Thorns” is a woodcut by Albrecht Dürer created in 1510. This artwork is part of “The Small Passion” series, which comprises numerous scenes from the Passion of Christ and is a prime example of the Northern Renaissance style. This religious painting is currently housed at the British Museum in London, UK.

In the woodcut, the central figure of Christ is depicted seated and slightly off-center, appearing passive amidst the brutality of his surrounding tormentors. The act of crowning Christ with thorns is shown in a particularly visceral manner, as one aggressor forcefully presses the crown onto Christ’s head, his hands protected by cloth to avoid being pricked by the thorns. Another figure to the left raises a staff as if to strike, adding to the violence of the scene. The detailed work features intricate linework characteristic of Dürer’s craft, with the play of light and shadow accentuating the depth and the textures within the scene. The expressions of the figures are rendered with a high degree of emotion, emphasizing the cruelty and mockery of the moment. The setting, conveyed with arches and pillars, suggests an architectural backdrop that frames the harrowing event, reinforcing the solemn and dramatic narrative.

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