Cranach - The Mocking of Christ
The Mocking of Christ
Obrazárna Pražského hradu (Prague Castle Picture Gallery)
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CDA ID / Inventory NumberCZ_OPH_HS264
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The Mocking of Christ[Cat. Prague 1998, 70]
Dutch[Cat. Prague 1998, 70]
Lucas Cranach the Elder Mistakenly attributed to Cranach in inventories [Cat. Prague 1998, 70]
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1500 - 1550'first half of the 16th century' [Cat. Prague 1998, 70]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerObrazárna Pražského hradu (Prague Castle Picture Gallery)
RepositoryObrazárna Pražského hradu (Prague Castle Picture Gallery)
Dimensions of support: 42 x 28.5 cm [Cat. Prague 1998, 70]
Painting on lime wood [Cat. Prague 1998, 70]
Signature / Date:
The seated, bound Christ is surrounded by a throng of henchmen, who torment and mock him in a variety of ways. One of the henchmen puts his horn over Christ's ear. The scene takes in a vaulted room with an circular window. [Görres, cda 2015]
- attributed to Cranach in the oldest inventories of the gallery
[Cat. Prague 1998, 70]
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Cat. Prague 199870
Interpretation / History / Discussion:
'In the oldest inventories of the Gallery, this painting is wrongly attributed to Lucas Cranach. Only the figure of Christ is slightly reminiscent of his work; the other figures are of another style. The wicked, mocking faces of Christ’s tormentors are derived from the figures of coarse rustics and the dregs of society depicted in various moralistic works by Nederlandish painters, from Quinten Massys to Jan Hemessen and Jan Massys. The way in which the soldiers humiliate and torture Christ goes considerably beyond how this scene is described in all four of the Gospels. Although the painting is not the work an exceptional artist, it is still interesting for its untraditional approach to a traditional theme.'

[Cat. Prague 1998, 70]
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 01.06.2014
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared reflectography
  • Dutch - Obrazárna Pražského hradu (Prague Castle Picture Gallery) - The Mocking of Christ - Infrared Images
  • Underdrawing

    - an underdrawing is not readily visible; occasional evidence to suggest its presence (fluid, black medium and brush: e. g. the left hand of the man with the rolling-pin; the thumb on the right hand of the man putting a recorder in Christ's mouth)

    [Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2014]
    • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich
    • photographed by: Ingo Sandner