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

Crowning with Thorns

Oil on canvas, 280 x 181 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich

In his final years Titian painted a series of paintings dedicated to the passion of Christ. These works, which include the Crowning with Thorns, are pervaded with immense dramatic power, the brushstrokes gradually dissolve into rapidly applied dabs of pigment. The aim is no longer to reproduce nature but to directly convey the raw emotion of the painter, who is participating fully in the tragic subject of his picture.