The Man of Sorrows Standing by the Column, 1509
engraving on laid paper
12 x 7.5 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 5599)
This subject has no source in the Gospel accounts of the Passion, but represents a summary of the cycle and often appears independently as a devotional image. The Virgin and St. John look upon the figure of Christ, who bears the five wounds of his Crucifixion. He also holds the instruments of his flagellation – the leather thong and birch bundle. In the bound copy of "The Engraved Passion" at Princeton University, this print appears at the end of the book rather than as a frontispiece, suggesting Christ’s perpetual suffering.