Head of Christ Crowned with Thorns

Jesus is shown after the Mocking of Christ when he was crowned with thorns. New Testament (e.g. John 19: 1-3).

This painting was inspired by one of the numerous versions of this subject painted by Guido Reni (such as that in Paris, Louvre). The picture, which may have been painted as late as the early 18th century, has a provenance from the collection of Cardinal Valenti Gonzaga in Rome. It can be seen in a painting by Giovanni Paolo Panini which shows a view of Valenti's gallery, painted in 1749 (Hartford, Wadsworth Athenaeum).

Key facts

Artist dates
1575 - 1642
Full title
Head of Christ Crowned with Thorns
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on wood
56 x 42.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Samuel Rogers, 1855
Inventory number
Location in Gallery