From the Engraved Passion
Illustrated by Albrecht Dürer
This illustration was prepared as one of 16 images completing Dürer's Engraved Passion series (Ecce Homo being the
8th of the set). It depicts the moment from Christ's life in which Pontius Pilate is said to have presented Jesus (scourged,
bound and wearing a crown of thorns) to a hostile crowd before his Crucifixion - in presenting Christ to the mob,
Pilate is said to have announced, "Ecce Homo" ("Behold the Man").
Strauss (The Complete Engravings, Etching and Drypoints of Albrecht Durer: Dover Publications, New York; 1972) makes
the following comment about the illustration:
The concept as pictured in The Large Woodcut Passion has here been brought to its
ultimate conclusion. Two opposites are here presented with the greatest economy
and limitation. Suffering is contrasted with compassion. Although the expression of
suffering is subdued, it is unmistakable. The uninterrupted contour of the stoic
observer is likewise characteristic and striking in expressing the contrast of feeling.
The public, in the background is barely show, but its presence is felt.
Giorgio Vasari (Lives of the Artists, 1568) referred to this series of illustrations as "the ultimate in perfection and quality
attainable in the medium as regards beauty, variety of vestments and composition". Centuries later, Dürer's superbly
rendered illustrations continue to inspire praise - Panofsky (The life and art of Albrecht Durer: Princeton University
Press; 1945), for example makes the following comment:
... it has something sumptuous about it. It stresses spiritual suffering rather than physical
torture and never loses sight of the preterhuman dignity of Christ".
As is typical of Dürer's engravings, the execution of the illustration is exquisitely rendered (the superb detail extends
to the armaments carried by those in the mob - including a rare depiction of a "bollock" dagger).
Our Greeting Cards and Reproduction Prints
Should you wish to order a Reproduction Print or an individual Greeting Card of this image, we have provided
some options below. Of course, should you wish to discuss some customised options, we welcome your contact
on any matter through ThePeople@SpiritoftheAges.com.
In the meantime, enjoy perusing this glorious illustration by Albrecht Dürer.
Single Greeting Card (with matching Envelope)
Code: AD EH SGC
Reproduction on 8x12" sheet
Code: AD EH (8x12)
Reproduction on 10x15" sheet
Code: AD EH (10x15)
Some details from the illustration
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