The Man of Sorrows

Public Domain

Artist / maker

Maarten van Heemskerck (painters (artists))

Date

1532

Period

16th century
The theme of Christ flanked by two angels and displaying his wounds was extremely popular in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance period. The scene was usually set at the tomb. In this case, however, Christ is seated on a cloud, which probably refers to his ascension to heaven. The unusually bright background colours, the complex twisted attitudes of the…
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The theme of Christ flanked by two angels and displaying his wounds was extremely popular in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance period. The scene was usually set at the tomb. In this case, however, Christ is seated on a cloud, which probably refers to his ascension to heaven. The unusually bright background colours, the complex twisted attitudes of the figures and the foreshortening of Christs monumental body give the scene a heightened sense of drama. A plaque above Jesus head is inscribed with a quotation from the gospel of St John: ECCE REX VESTER (Behold Thy King). Below it is MH, the painters monogram, and the year 1532 is inscribed between his initials. The panel comes from St Cornelius church in Machelen.
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Features
Artist / maker Maarten van Heemskerck VIAF RKD Wikidata
Type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Categories paintings (visual works) AAT, Decretaal beschermd topstuk
Materials oil paint , panel
Dimensions 84.2 x 72.5 cm
Location Work on display
Object number S-53
Vlaamse Kunstcollectie - EN

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