Best Paintings of Ecce Homo


  John 19:1 So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged [Him.] 2 And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put [it] on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. 3 Then they said, "Hail, King of the Jews!" And they struck Him with their hands. 4 Pilate then went out again, and said to them, "Behold, I am bringing Him out to you, that you may know that I find no fault in Him." 5 Then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And [Pilate] said to them, "Behold the Man!" 6 Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, "Crucify [Him,] crucify [Him!"] Pilate said to them, "You take Him and crucify [Him,] for I find no fault in Him."
  P.1995 - §2 Then Pilate led forth this bleeding and lacerated prisoner and, presenting him before the mixed multitude, said: "Behold the man! Again I declare to you that I find no crime in him, and having scourged him, I would release him."
  National Gallery in Prague

Hynais (born in 1854, Vienna and died in 1925, Prague) was a Czech painter.
The painting accurately describes the stone steps in front of the praetorium. The figure of Jesus is not recognizable. The painter is afraid of depicting Jesus and does not give enough details.

  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Hieronymus Bosch (1450 - 1516) was a Dutch painter.

It is not clear who is Potius Pilate in this painting. He might be the one with a cowboy hat, and no one wears a toga. There are two few people in the court. A chief priest seems to be accusing Jesus. People on the left side are not paying attention, and only a few on the right are watching Jesus.

  Old Masters Gallery, Dresden

Giuseppe Crespi (1665-1747) was an Italian painter of the Bolognese school.This is probably how not to paint Jesus.

P.1590 - §1 The pictures of Jesus have been most unfortunate. These paintings of the Christ have exerted a deleterious influence on youth; the temple merchants would hardly have fled before Jesus if he had been such a man as your artists usually have depicted. His was a dignified manhood; he was good, but natural. Jesus did not pose as a mild, sweet, gentle, and kindly mystic. His teaching was thrillingly dynamic. He not only meant well, but he went about actually doing good.

  Pinacoteca Capitolina, Rome
  Detroit Institute of Art
  Philadelphia Museum of Art

This painting shows the mocking crowd after Pilate presents Jesus.

There are no stairs connected to the praetorium.

 #1 Gallerie d'Arte Moderna, Florence

Used by permission from the Gallerie d'Arte Moderna, Florence.

The glare on the right side is from a white marble sculpture in front of the painting.

This painting takes you to the very scene of ecce homo, as if you are invited to the praetorium. While Pilate's wife was probably not present at the trial, Ciseri brings her showing her in distress.

You can also see the expression of the Jews shouting "Crucify him!"