Ecce Homo (1523) by Albrecht Durer

Ecce Homo - Albrecht Durer - 1523

Artwork Information

TitleEcce Homo
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Ecce Homo

The artwork “Ecce Homo” by Albrecht Dürer, dated 1523, is a notable work from the Northern Renaissance period. The religious painting captures a half-length depiction of Christ wearing the crown of thorns, a subject reflecting the artist’s profound engagement with religious themes.

In this painting, Dürer presents Christ directly after his flagellation and before his crucifixion. The figure of Christ is shirtless, displaying a detailed and muscular torso that reflects the physical pain and suffering he endured. His eyes gaze outward with a mix of sorrow and resignation, and the crown of thorns on his head is both symbolic and depicted with careful realism. His hands are bound together, and the handling of shadows and light accentuates his muscles and the strain in his arms, highlighting the agony of his predicament. The rich, dark background provides stark contrast, focusing the viewer’s attention on the central figure. Dürer’s mastery of form, anatomy, and emotion is evident in this powerful and contemplative piece.

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