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Ecce Homo

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In the central panel of this altarpiece, Pontius Pilate, who could find no fault with Christ, asks the crowd -- caricatured in their fervor to condemn -- to judge Christ. On the interiors of the wings (MFA object nos. 56.171.1a-b and 56.171.2a-b), the donors of the altarpiece, Peter van Os and...

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About 1496/1500, commissioned by Peter van Os (b. before 1467), 's Hertogenbosch [see note 1]. 1888, F. W. Harris, Gracechurch Street, London [see note 2]; July 21, 1888, anonymous (Harris and others) sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, lot 78, to Charles Holden-White, London [see note 3]; November 26, 1948, Holden-White estate sale, Christie's, London, lot 36, to Gerald Kerin, London, for £682.10. By 1951, Arthur Kauffmann, London; 1953, sold by Kauffmann, through Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York, to the MFA for $48,000. (Accession Date: September 10, 1953) NOTES: [1] This was the central panel of a triptych; for related wings and predella see MFA object nos. 56.171.1a-b, 56.171.2a-b, 56.172. For a discussion of the patronage and iconography, see G. C. M. van Duick, "Peter van Os ontmaskerd," De Brabantse Leeuw 47, no. 2 (1998): 116-124. [2] Harris consigned the painting to Christie's in 1888, and may have been a dealer. An old, now largely illegible label on the reverse of the panel also bears his name and an address, possibly Combe House or Canute House. [3] Sold as a work by the Early Flemish school, described as "A triptych, with Ecce Homo in the centre, and saints and donors on the wings."

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William K. Richardson Fund, William Francis Warden Fund, and Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection



73 x 57.2 cm (28 3/4 x 22 1/2 in.)

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Oil on panel