Edouard Manet 1832 – 1883

Jesus Mocked by Soldiers

oil on canvas (191 × 148 cm) — 1865 Museum Art Institute, Chicago

This work is linked to Luke 22:63

This is one of few works by Manet with a religious subject. At it's presentation in the 1865 Salon in Paris, Manet was criticized for not idealising the figures, especially Jesus.

Manet choose to not emphasize Jesus' divine character, but to focus on his humanity. The soldiers seem to be impressed: is this the king of the Jews?

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