"Ecce Homo, Flemish Renaissance 16th Century"Polychrome wood sculpture 'Ecce Homo'
Carved wood round with polychrome
height cm. 61 cm (support not old)
An exciting Ecce Homo is represented in this splendid Renaissance wooden sculpture, carved in the round and painted. Christ, immortalized half-body, waits for the imminent crucifixion at the top of Golgotha while being despised by the Roman soldiers. He is depicted with a crown of thorns and stripped of his clothes, hands folded and perfectly crossed, alluding to his destiny on the Cross. ... Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns. Pilate said to them, "Behold the man." On seeing him, the chief priests and the henchmen shouted, "Crucify him, crucify him" (Jn 19: 5-6). One can fully appreciate the restitution of the details and the human dimension of the face which, inclined downwards, offers compassion and emphasizes the loneliness of Christ, abandoned to the power of a marked destiny. This type of representation of Christ will be particularly widespread in the sixteenth century, giving rise to particularly intense creations. Contemplating a work of art like this can only arouse enthusiasm; it is impossible to remain indifferent to a Christ of human expression, with a strong emotional impact. It is worth dwelling on his expressiveness: whipped and ridiculed in the expectation of his martyrdom, his face expresses neither suffering nor resignation, but sweetness that evokes the forgiveness he has already granted to his executioners. The aim of our clever Renaissance sculptor was not to make him think of him as a victim to share, but to invite the observer to meditation. These are crucial aspects for fans and collectors of old age sculptures and works of this caliber, capable of arousing great emotions. Our sculpture, executed towards the end of the 16th century, deserves special attention, first and foremost for its "realistic beauty" typical of the Flemish Renaissance. The sculptor who shaped his form must also have had some Italian achievements as a source of inspiration, especially Tuscan but also Lombard, which at the time enjoyed a special interest for collectors in Northern Europe.
The sculpture is in excellent condition of conservation, considering the time. Presents various retouching points on the polychromy, on the whole surface.
The work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity in accordance with the law (FIMA - CINOA).
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