Jesus scourged and crowned with thorns

Scourging was both a punishment in itself and a preliminary to crucifixion. The beating Jesus endured seems to have been unusually severe, and probably contributed to his physical collapse on the way to Golgotha – he needed help from Simon of Cyrene. He also died more quickly than usual – crucified men often lived on in agony for several days.

Christ Carrying the Cross, El Greco

Christ Carrying the Cross, El Greco

The Crown of Thorns, Cranach

The Crown of Thorns, Cranach

Christ as the Man of Sorrows, Pedro de Mena, 1673

Christ as the Man of Sorrows, Pedro de Mena, 1673

Lamb of God (Agnus Dei), Francisco de Zurbarans

Lamb of God (Agnus Dei), Francisco de Zurbarans

The Crowning with Thorns, Caravaggio

The Crowning with Thorns, Caravaggio

The Flagellation, Caravaggio

The Flagellation, Caravaggio

The Flagellation of Christ, Caravaggio

The Flagellation of Christ, Caravaggio

The Scourging of Christ, Titian

The Scourging of Christ, Titian

The Flagellation of Christ, Peter Paul Rubens

The Flagellation of Christ, Peter Paul Rubens

Christ Crowned with Thorns, Hans Holbein the Elder

Christ Crowned with Thorns, Hans Holbein the Elder

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