UNKNOWN MASTER, Flemish
(active 1525-1550 in Southern Netherlands)
Ecce Homoc. 1545
Oil on panel, 55 x 90 cm
The anonymous artist of this painting is referred to as the Braunschweig Monogrammist after a painting signed with a large monogram in that city. Some scholars believe that the monogram belongs to Jan van Amstel, a northern Netherlandish painter who worked in Antwerp.
In this Ecce Homo the painter was undoubtedly influenced by Lucas van Leyden's famous engraving of the same scene, from which he took the wildly waving arms and the idea of placing Pilate's palace parallel to the picture plane.