European Art
PrevNext1 of 5
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
PrevNext2 of 5
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
PrevNext3 of 5
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
PrevNext4 of 5
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
PrevNext5 of 5
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Artist: Unknown

Ecce Homo (Christ as the Man of Sorrows)

ca. 1680

Polychromed wood

69.9 x 54 x 36 cm (27 1/2 x 21 1/4 x 14 3/16 in.)
Stephen Carlton Clark, B.A. 1903, Fund
1964.52
During the 17th century, painted wood was popular in Spain while other European countries preferred stone or bronze. Spanish realism and taste for grim detail are manifested in the streams of blood flowing from Christ’s head and down his shoulders, and especially evident in the detail of the rope-chafed wrists. The color was probably applied by an artist specializing in painting wood sculpture. The carving is crisp and strong. Avoiding the sensational, the sculptor has made a powerful statement in form and meaning.
Culture: 
Spanish, possibly Madrid
Period: 
17th century
Classification: 
Sculpture
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Holagray collection, Bordeaux; private collection (France?); Cesar de Hauke, Paris

Bibliography: 

Katherine Neilson and Andrew Carnduff Ritchie, Selected Paintings and Sculpture from the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972), no. 124, ill.

Suzanne L. Stratton, Spanish Polychrome Sculpture 1500–1800 in United States Collections, exh. cat. (New York: The Spanish Institute, 1993), 120–21, no. 21, ill.

James Clifton, The Body of Christ: In the Art of Europe and New Spain, 1150–1800, exh. cat. (Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1997), 80–1, no. 34, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.