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The Scourging of Christ

about 1618
Giulio Cesare Procaccini (Italian (Milanese), 1574–1625)


Dimensions

216.6 x 148.9 cm (85 1/4 x 58 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

1981.353

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

On View

William I. Koch Gallery (Gallery 250)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Paintings

Procaccini’s shallow, claustrophobic composition—with threatening faces half hidden in the shadows—pushes this scene outward, off the canvas. In 17th-century Italy, paintings like this were meant to confront viewers with Christ’s suffering and inspire emotion (and devotion). Here the artist emphasizes the tortured Christ’s agony, bathing his twisted body in cold, harsh light.

Provenance

By 1981, Somerville and Simpson, Ltd., London, England; 1981, sold by Somerville and Simpson to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 16, 1981)

Credit Line

Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection, by exchange