Artwork of the Week: Special Easter Week Email
School of Titian, Ecce homo, 16th century, oil on canvas, 22 x 16 ½ inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of Gloria Teichert with funds provided by Jack R. and Mary Lois Wheatley, 2004.
This abject figure of Christ, scourged and mocked, His wrists bound with cords, exemplifies Isaiah’s Messianic prophecy regarding this “man of sorrows”—”He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb so he opened not his mouth” (Isaiah 53:7). Here, the words uttered by Pilate when presenting Christ to the malicious, condemnatory crowd—Ecce Homo or “Behold the Man”— become a somber invitation to reflect on the profound sufferings and love of the Lamb of God.