Jesus in a crown of thorns (1913) by Ilya Repin

Jesus in a crown of thorns - Ilya Repin - 1913

Artwork Information

TitleJesus in a crown of thorns
ArtistIlya Repin
Dimensions52 x 44 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Jesus in a crown of thorns

The artwork entitled “Jesus in a crown of thorns” is a creation of the artist Ilya Repin, dated to 1913. This piece is executed in oil and cement, adhering to the Realism art movement. With its dimensions of 52 by 44 centimeters, the religious painting portrays a significant subject matter within Christian iconography. The current whereabouts of this artwork is within a private collection, thereby limiting public viewing opportunities.

Focusing on the artwork itself, one observes a head and shoulders portrayal of a figure that appears to be Jesus Christ, as suggested by the presence of a crown of thorns. The depiction is replete with rich color and texture, most noticeably in the areas of the crown and garment. The brushwork and use of cement create a palpable roughness to the surface, potentially evoking the physical and emotional suffering associated with this iconic religious figure. Repin’s attention to detail and realism is visible in the nuanced shading and anatomical correctness of the figure. His mastery is further manifested in the emotive quality transmitted through the painting, with particular emphasis on the pain and solemnity captured within the eyes and furrowed brow of Jesus.

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