This is the last of three Ecce Homo paintings presented in a chronological order of year. This is the newest painting, made in 1625. Their links are found at the bottom of this blog.
In this last Ecce Homo painting we see that "Christ crowned with thorns, is in a robe of imperial purple in mockery of his description as King of the Jews. Van Dyck shows him as the Man of Sorrows with a single tear running down his face- an image of profound sadness and humility. The format, with Christ’s body seen close-up, confronts us with his human suffering. The title, Ecce Homo, means “Behold the Man”- the words Pilate used to present Christ to the people before his crucifixion."
The celebrated Flemish artist, Anthony van Dyck, painted this work in Genoa Italy for the Balbi family during his stay in Italy.
Compare this depiction above with an image completed in 1510 below. The completion of this scene was after the first Ecce Homo (1490), that I blogged about and before the second Ecce Homo (1570) presented.
"Christ Crowned with Thorns" by Cima da Conegliano, 1510. There looks to be one subtle tear on his right cheek positioned in the same spot as Van Dyck's later painting.
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