Christ Crowned with Thorns

Jesus is shown with a rope knotted around his neck and a crown of thorns on his head, tears and blood trickling down his face. This stark, iconic image was intended to encourage meditation on Christ’s suffering, calling to mind his mockery and abuse at the hands of Roman soldiers. Few of Roberti’s works survive, but those that do suggest the artist’s skill in conveying and eliciting emotion.

Ercole de' Roberti

Italian, c. 1455–1496

Christ Crowned with Thorns

c. 1479–80

Tempera possibly with oil on panel

15 3/8 x 10 1/16 in. (39 x 25.5 cm)

Acquired by Sterling Clark, 1914