Ecce Homo

Hendrik Goltzius - Ecce Homo


Hendrik Goltzius (1558-1617), Ecce Homo,  plate 8 from The Passion, engraving, 1597, with monogram and dated 1597, marked 8; Strauss 341,  Bartsch 34, Hollstein 28, first state of two. With the Coat of Arms Crowned with a Fleur de Lis WR watermark (Briquet 7210: Leiden 1585, Amsterdam 1590-99). In excellent condition, trimmed on or just inside of the platemark (but well outside of the borderline), 7 7/8 x 5 1/4 inches.

A very fine impression.

Although Goltzius engraved his Passion series in the manner of Lucas van Leyden, much of the composition of the Ecce Homo is based on renderings of the subject in prints by Durer: Christ is placed in the upper corner as in Durer’s Large Passion woodcut (B. 9), and a child carries a stick in the foreground. The huge onlooker at the right is based on Durer’s Ecce Homo in his Small Passion (B35). The basket of eggs and perhaps the figure of the man carrying it are based on Durer’s engraving “A Peasant and His Wife at Market.”  The introduction of the Cross in the composition is Goltzius’ own invention.