Come and visit our new collection website, featuring over 90,000 new object records and 35,000 newly digitised artworks
  • R
  • Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn)
Image not available due to copyright restrictions
Christ Presented to the People ('Ecce Homo') Dated 1655

Not on display

This is the final version of Rembrandt’s ‘Christ Presented to the People’. The crowds that appear in front of the platform in earlier states are here burnished (polished) out and replaced with two arches, and previously this crowd separated the viewer from the main action. The empty foreground adds to the sense of Christ’s desolation and betrayal, and the removal of the figures focuses our attention more directly on the events taking place centre stage. Rembrandt placed the action in a contemporary setting. The building behind the terrace resembles a typical Dutch town hall or court house, with statues of Fortitude and Justice similar to those on the Town Hall in Amsterdam, which was finished just a few years before Rembrandt made this etching.


  • Acc. No. REMBRANDT.39 A
  • Medium Drypoint on paper
  • Size 35.80 x 45.50 cm (cut at the top removing the architrave)
  • Credit Purchased 1910