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Christ Crowned with Thorns, 1512

Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471 - 1528
engraving on laid paper
11.8 x 7.5 cm
Purchased 1949
National Gallery of Canada (no. 5605)

There is possibly no more abject an image of torment and ridicule than in this last scene of Christ’s trial. He is depicted sitting on a dais holding a reed sceptre as a soldier raises a cane to administer a punishing blow. Another soldier savagely forces the crown of thorns into Christ’s scalp.

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