Charles W. Harkness Endowment Fund 1923.276
Catalogue raisonné: Lehrs V.136.22
The assorted and detailed set of grisly scourges included in this scene was likely meant to elicit a deep meditation on Christ's physical suffering from the viewer.
Martin Schongauer's series of the Passion of Christ was his largest set of engravings, made around 1480, and extensively copied across Europe. It consists of twelve prints detailing the suffering of Christ in the last days of his life. Schongauer's version focuses on crowded scenes, grotesque physiognomies of Christ's tormentors, and great pathos in the compositions. Here, Jesus is bound to the column by one persecutor while three others are about to flagellate him with a set of different scourges. A fourth, to the left, prepares the crown of thorns.
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