(b. 1571, Caravaggio, d. 1610, Porto Ercole)

The Crowning with Thorns

c. 1603
Oil on canvas, 127 x 166 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

A much debated painting. Some scholars give the painting to Caracciolo, others consider it as a high quality copy of a lost Caravaggio.

The front boundary of the picture is articulated by a wooden barrier, on which the captain is leaning, in order to observe the action but take no part in it. He watches the executioner's half-naked assistants abuse Christ at his behest. The powerful figure of the suffering victim, sitting almost naked on a bench, seems larger than he is. Christ's shoulderline continues the shallow diagonal which began with the white feather of the captain's hat, on the left.