Ecce homo

DEFINITION

The title commonly given to depictions of Christ as he was presented to the crowd for crucifixion. Latin for "Behold, the man." The story of Pontius Pilate is told in various books of the Bible. The 'Ecce homo' episode is from John 19:5. Matthew 27:24. "When Pilate saw that he was doing no good, indeed that a riot was impending, he took some water, washed his hands before the crowd and said, "I am innocent of this man's blood. It is your affair."(pr. ET-chay HOH-moh)Examples of works titled Ecce Homo:Unknown Italian, Ecce Homo, Faenza or Florence, about 1500, tin-glazed earthenware, height 23 3/4 inches (60.3 cm), J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, CA. See bust. Simon Bening (Flemish, Bruges, 16th century), Ecce Homo, about 1525-1530, tempera colors, gold paint, gold leaf, and ink on parchment, 6 5/8 x 4 1/2 inches, Getty Museum, Malibu, CA.

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