Christ after the Flagellation

after 1665
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Spanish, 1617–1682)


113 x 147.3 cm (44 1/2 x 58 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

On View

William I. Koch Gallery (Gallery 250)





Murillo was known for his intense renderings of religious martyrdom and ecstasy and for the sensuous beauty of his paint. Here, the artist has focused exclusively on Christ’s suffering, choosing a moment after his tormentors have left the scene. Murillo’s image depicts the human yet divine nature of Christ. The artist has placed him humbly upon the ground and painted his battered body so that his skin seems almost radiant, despite its wounds and sores. The angels display both adoration and compassion for the tortured Christ, the emotions the image was intended to arouse in its viewers.


Late 18th century, acquired by Noel Joseph Desenfans (b. 1744 - d. 1807), London; March 16-18, 1802, Desenfans sale, Skinner and Dyke, London, lot 181, sold for £ 39.18, probably to Jean-Baptiste-Pierre Le Brun (b. 1748 - d. 1813), Paris; August 10-13, 1803, Le Brun sale, Paris, lot 26, sold to Pierre-Joseph Lafontaine (b. 1758 - d. 1835), Paris, for 953 fr. 1850, probably Louis, Marquis de Montcalm (d. 1862), Montpellier, France; March 24, 1850, Montcalm sale, Montpellier, lot 15. 1855, probably Samuel M. Mawson (b. 1793 - d. 1862), London; May 19, 1855, Mawson sale, Christie's, London, lot 87. Peter Norton (d. by 1868), dealer, London. By 1883, Francis Cook, 1st Bart. (b. 1817 - d. 1901), Doughty House, Surrey; by inheritance to his son, Frederick Lucas Cook, 2nd Bart. (b. 1844 - d. 1920), Doughty House; by inheritance to his son, Herbert Frederick Cook, 3rd Bart. (b. 1868 - d. 1939), Doughty House. 1952, Jacques Seligmann and Co., New York; 1953, sold by Seligmann to the MFA for $23,800. (Accession Date: January 1, 1953)

Credit Line

Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow Fund