Verspottung Christi
Matthias Grünewald (Mathis Gothart-Nithart) (1475-1528)

Verspottung Christi,

um 1503/05
Material / Technology / Carrier
Fichtenholz (Picea sp.)
Dimensions of the object
109 x 73,5 cm
AP OG Saal V
Altdeutsche Malerei
Inventory number
1803 als Säkularisationsgut aus der Karmeliterkirche München erworben; 1937 nachinventarisiert
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München
Matthias Grünewald (Mathis Gothart-Nithart), Verspottung Christi, um 1503/05, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München, URL: (Last updated on 28.08.2023)
After his arrest Christ was brought before Caiaphas. Outrage follows his affirmation of the question if he is the son of God (Mark 14:65; Matthew 26:67): those present spit on him, blindfold him and punch him. Leaning slightly forward and suffering in silence Christ is shown crouching between his torturers who beat him to the rhythm of drum and pipes. The subtle colouration and realistic rendition of cloth, the rope and the slender hands in this early work already reveal the skill of this great colourist.

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