Christ presented to the People (Ecce Homo)

In the New Testament, 'Ecce Homo' (Behold the Man) were the words used by Pilate when he presented Christ to the people before the Crucifixion (John 19: 2-5). The inclusion of the Virgin Mary swooning in the foreground is not mentioned in the Gospels and is not usually represented in this scene. The turbaned Pilate seems to derive from the print of the same subject in Dürer's engraved 'Passion'.

X-ray photographs show many changes made during the execution of this painting, particularly around the Virgin's face.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1494; died 1534
Full title
Christ presented to the People (Ecce Homo)
Date made
probably about 1525-30
Medium and support
Oil on poplar
99.7 x 80 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1834
Inventory number
Location in Gallery