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This picture refers to the early work of Peter Paul Rubens, but here it is already clear that the master knows the human anatomy well. Creating in the Baroque era, the artist studied a lot of the works of ancient masters, their sculptural heritage. Therefore, in this work, we see a thorough drawing of all the muscles of the human body.
The plot depicted in the picture illustrates the lines written in the Gospel of Matthew. It is believed that when Jesus was captured, they immediately brought him to Pontius Pilate. The Roman prosecutor did not know what to do right: release Jesus or condemn. But under the pressure of the people, he nevertheless decided to pronounce the death sentence on him. He removed this responsibility from himself, "washed his hands."
The picture shows the moment when Jesus is shown to the people. Soon he will be executed for the ideas that he preaches. But now they decided to make a mockery of him. They put a crown of thorns on his head as a symbol of a nonexistent crown. He is taunted, a sharp crown with thorns causes excruciating pain.
Behind Jesus comes Pontius Pilate himself. He points the finger of his right hand somewhere forward, as if paving the way for Jesus. Behind the martyr we see a Roman legionnaire. He wears military vestments, and in his hands he carries a large red canvas. A soldier is trying to throw matter on Jesus' shoulders so that he looks more like a fictional monarch. The color of matter is also not accidental. Red is not only the color of blood that will be shed by Jesus very soon. Red has also always been considered a symbol of a strong, powerful monarchy. But in this work, the red cloak is only a mockery and a mockery.
After Jesus was dressed in royal attire, the whole Roman people began to make fun of him. They began to throw stones at the martyr and beat him with sticks. But Jesus is not portrayed frightened or miserable. He calmly goes to meet the dangers, he does not try to escape.