Christ presented to the People (Ecce Homo) (1526) by Correggio

Christ presented to the People (Ecce Homo) - Correggio - c.1525 - c.1530

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TitleChrist presented to the People (Ecce Homo)
Datec.1525 - c.1530
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions100.3 x 78.7 cm
Art MovementMannerism (Late Renaissance)
Current LocationNational Gallery, London

About Christ presented to the People (Ecce Homo)

“Christ presented to the People (Ecce Homo)” is a significant religious painting by the Renaissance artist Correggio, created circa 1525 – 1530. The artwork, executed in oil on canvas, is a notable example of the Mannerism movement, a phase of the Late Renaissance that emphasized complexity and virtuosity over naturalism. Measuring 100.3 x 78.7 cm, the painting is part of the National Gallery in London’s esteemed collection.

The artwork portrays a poignant biblical scene in which Jesus Christ is presented to the people after being scourged and crowned with thorns, an event commonly referred to as “Ecce Homo,” Latin for “Behold the Man.” Christ stands at the center, an embodiment of solemn dignity despite his suffering, his gaze serene and direct as he engages with the viewer. The surrounding figures exhibit a range of emotional responses to Christ’s plight; a woman, possibly representing Mary, is seen in the foreground with an expression of deep sorrow and devotion as she gazes up at Christ, while other figures express varied degrees of dismay, curiosity, and contemplation. This interaction of expressions and the dramatic use of lighting showcase Correggio’s skill in portraying human emotion and divine narrative, making the artwork a profound meditation on the passion of Christ.

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