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Andrea Solario (c.1465 - before 1524):
Ecce Homo

A817; oil and tempera (?) on panel; 57 x 44 cm.

Prov: Lord Conway of Allington; the Hon. Mrs A.E. Horsfield.

Purchased, 1951; WA1951.149.

Lloyd 1977, pp. 163-4; Brown 1987, pp. 110, 113 and no. 31.

A close follower of Leonardo da Vinci, Solario was also interested in northern prints and in the work of Andrea Mantegna. A817 is datable to c. 1505-7. Unusually, the subject combines the scenes of Pilate presenting Christ to the people with the words 'Ecce Homo' or 'Behold the man' (John 19: 5) and the mocking of Christ (Matthew 27: 28-31). A variation is in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Abbeville.

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Information derived from the Ashmolean Museum's Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.

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