ecce homo


ecce homo
/ech"ay hoh"moh, ek"ay/ for 1; /ek"see hoh"moh, ek"ay/ for 2, Latin.
1. "Behold the man!": the words with which Pilate presented Christ, crowned with thorns, to his accusers. John 19:5.
2. Art. a painting, statue, or other representation of Christ crowned with thorns.

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 (Latin: “Behold the Man”), theme prevalent in western Christian art of the 15th to 17th century, so called after the words of Pontius Pilate (Pilate, Pontius) to the Jews who demanded the crucifixion of Jesus (John 19:5). Paintings on this theme generally conform to one of two types: devotional images of the head or half-figure of Jesus, or narrative depictions of the judgment hall scene. In either type, the scourged and mocked Christ is shown wearing a crown of thorns and purple robe placed on him by the Roman soldiers. In many examples, his wrists are tied and a rope is knotted around his neck. Scourge marks are frequently emphasized, and his face expresses compassion toward his accusers. In the narrative versions, two guards are often shown supporting the suffering figure while Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea, gestures toward Christ, illustrating his words.

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