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The Flagellation

Artist: Master of San Martino alla Palma (active )
Date: ca. 1330
14th century
Dimensions: 11.5 x 8.5 in. (29.21 x 21.59 cm)
Dimensions Extent: unframed
Object Type: Painting
Creation Place: Europe, Italy
Medium and Support: Tempera on panel
Credit Line: On loan from Berea College (Gift of the Kress Foundation), Berea, Kentucky
Accession Number: L2016.11.01
On View: Bellarmine Hall Galleries

At the center of this small panel, Christ is shown tied to a tall, slender column, with a cruciform halo framing his head. Flanking him, two torturers each lift a weapon called a scourge (Latin: flagellum) comprised of leather thongs attached to a handle. In contrast to the imminent violence, their bodies are posed with dancer-like grace poses against the gilded background.

The Flagellation was a gift to Berea College from the Kress Foundation. It was originally part of a larger ensemble depicting scenes from the Passion of Christ; four other panels of similar dimensions are today in the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin.


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