Christ scorned and crowned with thorns

Valentin De Boulogne
(1594-1632) and atelier
17th century, Oil on canvas

Portrayal of the Passion, in which two Roman soldiers strip Jesus and mockingly dress him as the “King of the Jews”, with a red cape, a twisted crown of thorns on his head, and a cane as a sceptre in his right hand. On reaching Rome in the first decade of the seventeenth century, Valentin De Boulogne became one of the truest heirs to Caravaggio. 

Whilst the latter did not leave an atelier of his own, he had a vast number of followers. The artist earned the protection of illustrious buyers, such as the Barberini family, and thanks to the patronage of cardinal-nephew Francesco – the nephew of Urban VIII – he received an appointment to work alongside prestigious names such as Simon Vouet (1590-1649) his presumed teacher, and Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665).