Skip to Content
Today Open today 10–11 members | 11–5 public

Jesus Mocked by the Soldiers

Large, dark painting of Jesus sitting with three standing soldiers.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

Image actions

  • Large, dark painting of Jesus sitting with three standing soldiers.

Date:

1865

Artist:

Édouard Manet
French, 1832–1883

About this artwork

For this monumental painting, Édouard Manet depicted Jesus Christ’s at the end of his life, beaten and awaiting crucifixion. He wears a crown of thorns that mocks him as “King of the Jews,” while the guards hand him a reed “scepter” and drape him in a purple cloak. Manet, who painted very few religious subjects, transformed this sacred narrative into a gritty drama that marries realism with theatricality. Shown without a halo, Jesus glows against the dark background. Is he a holy being emanating divine light or a real man posing under a studio spotlight? The painting caused a scandal in its own time for precisely this ambiguity.

Status

On View, Gallery 222

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Édouard Manet

Title

Jesus Mocked by the Soldiers

Place

France (Object made in)

Date

1865

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Inscribed at lower right: Manet

Dimensions

190.8 × 148.3 cm (74 7/8 × 58 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of James Deering

Reference Number

1925.703

IIIF Manifest  The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) represents a set of open standards that enables rich access to digital media from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions around the world.

Learn more.

https://api.artic.edu/api/v1/artworks/16499/manifest.json

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share