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Christ after the Flagellation

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Murillo was known for his intense renderings of religious martyrdom and ecstasy and for the sensuous beauty of his paint. Here, the artist has focused exclusively on Christ's suffering, choosing a moment after his tormentors have left the scene. Murillo's image depicts the human yet divine...

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Late 18th century, acquired by Noel Joseph Desenfans (b. 1744 - d. 1807), London; March 16-18, 1802, Desenfans sale, Skinner and Dyke, London, lot 181, sold for £ 39.18, probably to Jean-Baptiste-Pierre Le Brun (b. 1748 - d. 1813), Paris; August 10-13, 1803, Le Brun sale, Paris, lot 26, sold to Pierre-Joseph Lafontaine (b. 1758 - d. 1835), Paris, for 953 fr. 1850, probably Louis, Marquis de Montcalm (d. 1862), Montpellier, France; March 24, 1850, Montcalm sale, Montpellier, lot 15. 1855, probably Samuel M. Mawson (b. 1793 - d. 1862), London; May 19, 1855, Mawson sale, Christie's, London, lot 87. Peter Norton (d. by 1868), dealer, London. By 1883, Francis Cook, 1st Bart. (b. 1817 - d. 1901), Doughty House, Surrey; by inheritance to his son, Frederick Lucas Cook, 2nd Bart. (b. 1844 - d. 1920), Doughty House; by inheritance to his son, Herbert Frederick Cook, 3rd Bart. (b. 1868 - d. 1939), Doughty House. 1952, Jacques Seligmann and Co., New York; 1953, sold by Seligmann to the MFA for $23,800. (Accession Date: January 1, 1953)

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Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow Fund

after 1665


113 x 147.3 cm (44 1/2 x 58 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas