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Christ Crowned with Thorns
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Christ Crowned with Thorns


Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
Description While the mystics of the late Middle Ages pictured the tender incidents surrounding the birth of Christ, they also vividly portrayed the agonies of His death. On this devotional image Christ is pictured wearing the crown of thorns, placed on Christ's head to mock him as "king." This kind of representation is called "Ecce Homo," meaning "Behold the Man," the words spoken by Pilate as he presented Jesus to the waiting crowd. Inscribed around the inner border are Christ's words to Pilate (John 18:37), "I am a King; for this I was born and for this came I into the world that I should give testimony to the truth."
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Examinationexamined for condition
12/31/1969Technical Reportother
1/01/1900Technical Reportother
1/01/1961Treatmentcleaned; coated
10/08/1987Treatmentother
3/16/2004Technical Reportx-ray fluorescence
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] (John 18:37): I am a King; for this I was born and for this came I into the world that I should give testimony to the truth
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
early 16th century (Renaissance)
Medium
enamels on copper
(Enamels)
Accession Number
44.468
Measurements
11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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