HONTHORST, Gerrit van
(b. 1590, Utrecht, d. 1656, Utrecht)

The Mocking of Christ

c. 1616
Oil on canvas, 197 x 171 cm
Private collection

This painting is closely related to another work by Honthors, a horizontal version of the same theme in Los Angeles. Since some of the same expressive devices are found in both pictures - for example , the way in which the extended hand of the standing mocker holding a candle casts its shadow on his face - both were likely to have been executed relatively close in time.