TIZIANO Vecellio
(b. 1490, Pieve di Cadore, d. 1576, Venezia)

Ecce Homo

Oil on canvas, 242 x 361 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

This painting was executed for Giovanni d'Anna, a wealthy Venetian merchant, who had a palace, the Palazzo d'Anna, on the Grand Canal. Representing the Gospel story of how the tortured and bleeding figure of Christ was led out of the jjudgment hall by the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, and was delivered to the Jews to be crucified, the picture shows a composition, with its flight of steps leading to the entrance of a grand public building at one side, which in many ways resembles that of the Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple.