Ecce Homo (1512) by Albrecht Durer

Ecce Homo - Albrecht Durer - 1512

Artwork Information

TitleEcce Homo
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Ecce Homo

The artwork “Ecce Homo” is an engraving by Albrecht Dürer, completed in 1512 and is now held in a private collection. As a work from the Northern Renaissance, the piece is a religious painting that depicts a significant moment in Christian narrative, specifically the presentation of Jesus Christ to the public prior to his crucifixion. Dürer, known for his masterful engravings that capture fine detail and complex emotion, has illustrated this scene with remarkable depth and craftsmanship that is characteristic of the rich, detailed style of the Northern Renaissance.

In “Ecce Homo,” Dürer portrays Jesus Christ in a vulnerable state, as he is presented by Pontius Pilate to the jeering crowd. Christ stands at the center, crowned with thorns, and draped in a flowing robe that reveals his body marked by the physical toll of his persecution. The emotional intensity of the scene is conveyed through the varied expressions of the figures surrounding Christ, conveying a mixture of derision, indifference, and solemnity. The figures are highly detailed, with distinct garments and features that reflect Dürer’s technical skill and attention to texture and form. The architectural elements and the distant cityscape contribute to the spatial depth of the scene. This work exemplifies Dürer’s sophisticated handling of the engraving medium and his ability to embed profound narrative and emotion into a single, static image.

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