March Evangel University art exhibit: “Ecce Homo: Behold the man”

Marco Gerke woodcut at evangel

The Evangel University Fine Art & Design Gallery is hosting a touring art exhibit with 21 images dating from the early 17thcentury to the contemporary, called “Ecce Homo: Behold the man,” March 1-30, 2020.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The gallery is located in the Lawrence & Alletha Barnett Fine Arts Center, just south of the Spence Chapel, facing 1111 N. Glenstone Ave. Regular hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The exhibit

“Ecce Homo: Behold the man” is an exhibition that uses images which illustrate the face of Jesus as He is condemned by the crowd, following the passage in Matthew 27: “And the governor said, ‘Why, what evil hath he done?’ But they cried out the more, saying, ‘Let him be crucified.’”

Ecce Homo is Latin for “behold the man.” It refers to the presentation of Christ by the Roman general, Pontius Pilate. The earliest that Ecce Homo was depicted is found in ninth and tenth century Syrian-Byzantine Empire artwork.

Because high-ranking Jewish officials attended Jesus’s questioning and didn’t enter the house of Pilate, historians believe that Pilate had to bring Jesus outside of his home to present him to the crowd. This made early Syrian-Byzantine artists show Jesus crowned in thorns and donning purple robes outside of Pilate’s home.

Two pieces displayed in the show by Jacques Callot and Cornelius Cort show Christ being presented to the crowd in the street by Pilate.

Otto Dix’s version of Ecce Homo shows the crowd seething with anger, pointing fingers at and taunting Jesus. Michel Ciry and George Rouault portray Jesus as bare-chested with a purple robe thrown over his shoulder.

“We are very grateful that Sandra Bowden has made this work available to show on our campus,” said Michael Buesking, a professor of art at Evangel.

“The title of the exhibition itself may cause us to ponder the mystery of Christ coming as a human being and submitting himself to this treatment, and ultimately to death on a cross.”


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