The Flagellation

Goltzius - Flagellation

Hendrik Goltzius (1558-1617), The Flagellation,  plate 6 from The Passion, engraving, 1597, with monogram and dated 97, marked 6; Strauss 339, Bartsch 32, Hollstein 26, first state of two. In excellent condition, trimmed on or just inside of the platemark (but outside of the border), very slight stain upper left,  7 15/16 x 5 1/4 inches.

A very fine impression.

Although Goltzius is working in the manner of Lucas van Leyden his composition is based in large part on Durer’s woodcut Flagellation in the latter’s Large Passion (B. 8) of 1498. In each Christ is placed in front of a column, with a counter-balancing man toward the ground; in the Goltzius version there is just one man toward the right preparing a switch, in Durer’s he’s at the left, and there’s another at the right.  Goltzius substantially reduces the number of bystanders for this smaller version – it’s a mob scene Durer’s larger version –  but retains their relative heights. The preparatory drawing is in Leipzig.