Ecce homo by Albrecht Durer

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Artwork Information

TitleEcce homo
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Ecce homo

The artwork “Ecce homo” by Albrecht Dürer, a prominent figure in the Northern Renaissance art movement, is a religious painting from the series “The Green Passion.” Created in 1504, this piece captures a significant biblical instance within the Christian Passion narrative.

The artwork depicts a powerful scene from the Passion of Christ. Jesus is presented to the hostile crowd by Pontius Pilate, an event commonly referred to with the Latin phrase “Ecce homo,” meaning “Behold the man.” This moment is traditionally one of public mockery and humiliation before the crucifixion. In the image, we see Jesus, clad merely in a loin cloth, crowned with thorns, and bearing the marks of maltreatment. His figure stands elevated on a platform, framed by an archway, suggesting a formal presentation to the masses.

The crowd below is a tumultuous gathering of soldiers and onlookers, some jeering and others impassive. The detailed rendering of the various figures—each with individual expressions and poses—reflects the tumult and eclectic mix of emotions present at the scene. Dürer’s masterful work captures the human drama and the solemnity of the event. The attention to detail, such as the intricate armor of the soldiers and the palpable textures of the clothing, exemplify the Northern Renaissance’s focus on realism and meticulous craftsmanship.

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