Jesus wearing crown of thorns, seated with legs crossed and drapery over his lap, hands folded and held up in front of his chest, with head tilted and turned toward picture plane; kneeling man with short curly hair and curly beard at left presenting a reed or staff to Jesus; clouds of smoke at bottom in an arc

Christ as the Man of Sorrows with a Soldier, 1511

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Albrecht Dürer made this woodcut as the titlepage image for his monumental book, commonly known as The Large Passion, which depicted key moments surrounding the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

You may have noticed inconsistencies in the image, for Dürer combined elements of Christ's experiences and condition before and after his crucifixion. The soldier who mocks him by offering a march reed as a scepter for the King of the Jews did so before the crucifixion. Jesus bears the wounds on the nails that held him to the cross, but the do not bleed and he is alive. The flail and switches that were used to whip him have left no marks on his back. Dürer acknowledged the mystical fantasy by located the scene on a heavenly banks of clouds.

This image proved very popular and was extensively reprinted; so, one often finds it printed from a worn-out printing block. This early proof was printed when the block still reflected the clarity and precision that Dürer intended.

Details
Title
Christ as the Man of Sorrows with a Soldier
Artist Life
1471–1528
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2021.95
Catalogue Raisonne
Bartsch 4 Meder 113, proof before 1st state of the Latin edition. Hollstein 113 Schoch/Mende/Sherbaum 154
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Jesus wearing crown of thorns, seated with legs crossed and drapery over his lap, hands folded and held up in front of his chest, with head tilted and turned toward picture plane; kneeling man with short curly hair and curly beard at left presenting a reed or staff to Jesus; clouds of smoke at bottom in an arc