Mocking of Christ, 16th century

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A simple line from the Old Testament--"there is no beauty in him, nor comeliness" (Isaiah 53:2)--was seized upon to justify cruel acts of disfigurement in Passion writings. In this Mocking scene, Christ's oppressors all have some crude means of menacing him, including a screaming trumpet. The assaults were said to leave Christ unrecognizable, an idea suggested by the cloth over his face.

Mocking of Christ
Artist Life
Accession Number
Catalogue Raisonne
Holl.139, B.30, 120; M.139
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