OVERBEKE, Adriaen van
(active 1508-1529 in Antwerp)

Ecce Homo

Oil on panel, 68 x 56 cm (central panel)
Private collection

The central panel of this triptych depicts the Ecce Homo, a popular subject in the 15th-16th centuries. On the side panels the donors are represented in a sober, classic style, under the protection of their patron saints, John the Baptist and Alice. The latter is Alice de Schaerbeck (c. 1225-c. 1250) a Cistercian nun who became a leper (hence the cut-off hands).

The triptych was executed in the large workshop of Adriaen van Overbeke in Antwerp.