RUBENS, Peter Paul
(b. 1577, Siegen, d. 1640, Antwerpen)

The Flagellation of Christ

Oil on panel, 37,4 x 35,1 cm
Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent

The essence of Rubens's exuberant style can be found in the oil sketches he made when preparing his monumental paintings. In the Flagellation of Christ - a sketch for the painting in Antwerp's Church of St Paul - he explores the contrast between the physical violence of the torturers and Christ's bent body. The figures fill virtually the entire space and stand out for their sculptural power.