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Crowning with Thorns, from Passion of Christ

A work made of engraving in black on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on cream laid paper.




Jan Sadeler, the Elder (Flemish, 1550-1600)
after Marcus Gheeraerts, the Elder (Flemish, c. 1520-c. 1590)

About this artwork

After being whipped at the column, bound, and mocked from all sides with a thorny crown and other tortures, the seated Christ appears nonetheless majestic and regal. The surrounding colonnade emphasizes his imprisonment as his tormentors hang on it, jeering ever louder. Christ holds reeds instead of a scepter while soldiers tear at his clothes, but his steady gaze reaches far beyond the printed plane.


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Jan Sadeler, I


Crowning with Thorns, from Passion of Christ


Flanders (Artist's nationality:)

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Artist's working dates 1570–1600


Engraving in black on cream laid paper


Plate: 16.2 × 11.2 cm (6 7/16 × 4 7/16 in.); Sheet: 17.4 × 12.5 cm (6 7/8 × 4 15/16 in.)

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The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection

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