Ecce Homo (c.1548) by Titian

Ecce Homo - Titian - c.1548

Artwork Information

TitleEcce Homo
Dimensions68 x 53 cm
Art MovementMannerism (Late Renaissance)
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

About Ecce Homo

The artwork titled “Ecce Homo” is a significant piece created by the prominent artist Titian around the year 1548. Rendered in oil on panel, it measures 68 by 53 centimeters and is categorized within the Mannerism movement of the Late Renaissance period. This religious painting is part of the collection housed at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain.

In this solemn depiction, the subject portrays a figure commonly associated with the depiction of Jesus Christ, known as “Ecce Homo,” which translates to “Behold the Man.” This scene is often represented in Christian art to illustrate the moment when Pontius Pilate presents a scourged Jesus Christ, crowned with thorns, to the jeering crowd before his crucifixion. The figure stands in partial profile, turned somberly to his left, his gaze downward in humble resignation or pensive contemplation. The light in the artwork emphasizes the physical form and the tactile quality of flesh and fabric, casting much of the figure’s body in soft radiance against the dark background. There is a palpable sense of emotional weight and gravity conveyed through the figure’s bowed head and the dark, atmospheric surroundings. This religious subject is presented with a level of human vulnerability and poignancy that is characteristic of Titian’s mature style, epitomizing the psychological depth and dynamic techniques of the Mannerist approach.

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