Christ at the Column, Guido Reni
Guido Reni
Christ at the Column
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Guido Reni

Christ at the Column, ca. 1603


Dimensions
192.7 x 114.4 cm
Physical Description
Canvas
Inventory Number
1103
Acquisition
Acquired in 1875
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

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About the Work

Christ stands beside the whipping post with his head lowered. He emerges from the darkness, with light and shade modelling every muscle of his body. Resigned to his fate, he awaits the blows of the ruffians who have not yet begun their work. By presenting a close-up view of Christ the artist in a way places the viewer in the position of the executioner's henchmen. Guido Reni had trained initially in Bologna at the academy of the Carracci. He produced the Frankfurt painting soon after moving to Rome; it demonstrates Reni's recent study of the art of Caravaggio. The young painter followed the latter's striving to achieve the direct presence of the figure, but removes any drastic elements in favour of concentrating on the figure of the Son of God. The artist may have created this work for his Roman patron, Cardinal Paolo Emilio Sfondrati, a possibility suggested by the whipping post, which is an exact copy of the one revered to this day in the Basilica S. Prassede. Sfondrati was the protector of the associated monastery and belonged to the circles that showed an increased interest in the ancient relics of early Christianity.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Christ at the Column
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Canvas
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Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 1875

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Motifs and References

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Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • Bibel, Neues Testament, Matthäus 27,26
  • Bibel, Neues Testament, Markus 15,15
  • Bibel, Neues Testament, Johannes 19,1

Iconclass

Primary
  • 73D35121 Christ on the whipping-post (after the flagellation)

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04.08.2020