TINTORETTO
(b. 1518, Venezia, d. 1594, Venezia)

Ecce Homo

1566-67
Oil on canvas, 285 x 400 cm
Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice

The Ecce Homo is cleverly inserted around the outline of the tympanum of the door and does not show the tumult of the crowd that characterizes the other scenes in the Sala dell'Albergo. In the centre of the composition Christ is seated regally on the steps against the shroud. The prominent figures of Pilate and the soldier act as human wings on the left and right. In the strong stream of light that comes from the left, the shades of colour brighten up and vary extraordinarily: the red of Pilate's robes and of the soldier's and of Christ's mantle; the steel grey streaked with luminous reflections of the armour; the dull white spotted with blood of the shroud; the pinky yellow of the flesh of Christ with his pathetically sad face.