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Christ at the Whipping Post

Artist/Maker: Artist Unknown (Artist Unknown)

Date: late 18th century
Medium: oil on canvas
Sight: 37 1/2 x 23 1/2 in. (95.3 x 59.7 cm)
Framed: 42 1/2 x 28 5/8 x 2 in. (108 x 72.7 x 5.1 cm)
Classification: Art Works
Credit Line: Gift of Drs. Peter and Jill Furst
Object number: 91.0253
DescriptionAn unknown Colonial artist painted this realistic scene of Christ’s flagellation, which occured after his arrest. The Roman Governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate, ordered his soldiers to whip Christ and, in mockery, the soldiers added a crown of thorns. Narration of this event is found in all four Gospels. Scenes of the flagellation became popular from the Renaissance in which Christ was usually shown still wearing the crown of thorns. In Mexican renditions, the crown is implied by the bleeding wounds on Christ’s face. The halo is symbolic of divinity.
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