About this artwork

The Scourging of Christ is followed by the badly damaged scene of Pontius Pilate presenting Christ to the crowd. This is often referred to as 'Ecce Homo' after Pilate's words: 'Behold the Man', to which, according to the gospels, the crowd replied 'crucify him'. Below, three sleeping soldiers guarding Christ's tomb are oblivious to his miraculous Resurrection. He then appears holding a spade, alluding to Mary Magdalene's initial mistake of identifying him as a gardener. When she realises her error, Christ requests that she does not touch him: 'Noli me tangere', but should tell the disciples he has risen.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Twenty Scenes from the Life of Christ [scenes 7 and 8 above; scenes 17 and 18 below]
  • date created:
    15th century
  • materials:
    Oil on panel
  • measurements:
    126.00 x 106.50 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented by the National Museums of Scotland 1936
  • accession number:
    NG 2310 D
  • gallery:
  • depicted:
  • subject:
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