DÜRER, Albrecht
(b. 1471, Nürnberg, d. 1528, Nürnberg)

Ecce Homo (No. 8)

Engraving, 117 x 75 mm
University Art Museum, Princeton

Sheet No. 8 of the Engraved Passion.

The concept as pictured in the The Large Woodcut Passion has here been brought to its ultimate conclusion. Two opposites are here presented with the greatest economy and limitation. Suffering is contrasted with compassion. Although the expression of suffering is subdued, it is unmistakable. The uninterrupted contour of the stoic observer is likewise characteristic and striking in expressing the contrast of feeling. The public, in the background is barely shown, but its presence is felt.