The Coup de Lance

The soldiers pierced Christ's body to ensure he was dead (John 19: 31-4).

A 'modello' for the high altarpiece for the church of the Récollets, Antwerp, installed in 1620. As this picture differs from the altarpiece in some respects, it may represent the first idea Rubens presented to the authorities who had commissioned the work.

Key facts

Artist dates
1577 - 1640
Full title
The Coup de Lance
Date made
before 1620
Medium and support
Oil on oak
64.8 x 49.9 cm
Acquisition credit
On loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum
Inventory number
Location in Gallery