All Artworks: FLAMENCO GOTHIC PAINTING: HANS MEMLING (III)

Posted December 11, 2017

"Christ in the column" (1485-1490, Colección Mateu, Barcelona, ​​Spain). It is a work that came to light relatively recently, in an exhibition in Bruges in 1958, but the authorship of Memling is undoubted as it connects with the style of works such as St. Jerome, Bathsheba, ... an elongated, hieratic, simple figure and the direct brushstroke are characteristic of Memling and especially of this period. Christ appears front and standing, in front of the column in which he has been flagellated, crowned with thorns and covered with blood produced by the flagella. His hands are tied to a rope around his waist. At his feet, on the tiled floor, appear the instruments used for his torture, as well as his mantle. Although not appreciated properly a large arch opens behind the figure. The whole set leads us to fix our eyes on the Lord, the bottom is completely in darkness to facilitate the viewer to fix his eyes on Christ. This is a unique and original representation, since it is not the classical representation of the Ecce Homo not having the red robe and the reed in his hands, however if it already has the crown of thorns and is covered with the cloth purity.