Christ Crowned with Thorns

Specialising in low-life genre scenes, Teniers rarely produced paintings depicting biblical or mythological subjects. The Crowning of Christ is staged in a guardroom with the henchmen clad in contemporary dress, giving the scene unprecedented immediacy. The composition is painted on an unusually large copper plate, which suggests that this was a collector’s cabinet piece.

Key facts

Artist dates
1610 - 1690
Full title
Christ Crowned with Thorns
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on copper
56.8 × 77 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Gift from the collection of Willem Baron van Dedem, 2017
Inventory number
Location in Gallery