Christ is shown wearing the crown of thorns and the robe given to him in mockery by the soldiers before the Crucifixion. The episode is recounted in the New Testament (for example, in John 19: 1-3).

Emotional imagery of this kind was designed to focus contemplation on the suffering of Christ, and seems to have been introduced into Italy by Netherlandish painters.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1459/60 - about 1517/18
Full title
Christ Crowned with Thorns
Date made
about 1510
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
36.8 x 29.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1890
Inventory number
NG1310
Location in Gallery