Mystic Figure of Christ

Christ is depicted seated, apparently on a tree trunk, beneath a barrel vault. He wears the crown of thorns and has a rope tied around his neck - objects associated with the Mocking and the Carrying of the Cross. This painting is not intended to illustrate any particular episode in the Passion of Christ, but is a symbolic representation of his sufferings.

The reverse of the panel is marbled. It has been associated, on grounds of style, with the work of Marco Zoppo. It is closer to the work of Cicognara, which was of Ferrarese inspiration.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1480 - 1500
Full title
Mystic Figure of Christ
Date made
late 15th century
Medium and support
Tempera on wood
50.8 x 33.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Layard Bequest, 1916
Inventory number
Location in Gallery