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

The Mocking of Christ

c. 1617
Oil on canvas, 146 x 207 cm cm
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

This painting is closely related to another work by Honthors, a vertical version of the same theme in a private collection. 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.

The size of the canvas suggests that it was a public commisssion, perhaps for a church in or near Rome.