CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

Case Study: Ecce Homo

Exhibition: 9 January - 3 April 2015

From the Keizerskapel’s press release, 25 November 2014

From January 9 until April 3 2015 the Keizerskapel in Antwerp will put on show a recently discovered panel representing Jesus Christ as given up to the people by Pilate (oil on panel, 51 x 73 cm). The painting dates from about 1565 and was restored by Laurence de Wael in 2013. It comes from an old and well-known private collection in Antwerp.

Other versions e.g. in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (oil on panel, 73 x 54,5 cm, ca. 1530/50) and in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (oil on panel, 73 x 58,4 cm). The prototype by Hieronymus Bosch (oil on panel, 75 x 61 cm, ca. 1480/90) is in Frankfurt, Städelsches Kunstinstitut (inv. 1577) and formerly made part of the collection of Louis Maeterlinck (1899) in Ghent. The hereby presented painting dates from the same period (and is by the same hand?) as a composition now in the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen (cat. 102), representing Christ Driving the Money-lenders from the Temple (oil on panel, 102 x 155,5 cm, ca. 1563/69). This latter was formerly attributed to Pieter I Bruegel (ca. 1556). Now it is catalogued as ‘In the manner of Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel the Elder’. A second comparable version is in Tallinn and related are two other versions. This interesting set was presented in a case study ‘Tracing Bosch and Bruegel’ in Tallinn (22 October 2011 – 4 March 2012) and Copenhagen (4 May – 21 October 2012).

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