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Christ presented to the People
Massys, Quinten
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Massys, Quinten

Leuven (France), 1465 - Antwerp (Belgium), 1530

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Christ presented to the People

1518 - 1520. Oil on panel.
Room 057A

Massys was one of the most important painters in early sixteenth-century Antwerp. He continued the realism and attention to detail of fifteenth-century painting, as seen in the faces of the figures and the metallic reflection of one of the soldier’s helmets. This is combined with the influences of the Italian Renaissance in the use of architecture and classical decoration.

The oblique perspective emphasises Pontius Pilate while the high viewpoint locates the viewer behind the three figures below the balcony. One of them harangues the figure seen from behind who, with a surprised expression, looks at the crowd demanding Christ’s punishment, while the third seems to ask the viewer’s opinion. The upper balcony has figures symbolising Charity. The banner with the double-headed eagle may be a reference to the eagle on the standard of the Roman legions.


Technical data

Inventory number
Massys, Quinten
Christ presented to the People
1518 - 1520
Height: 160 cm; Width: 120 cm
Collection Marquess de Remisa, centery XIX; legacy of Mariano Lanuza y Fernández, 1940

Bibliography +

Sánchez Cantón, F.J., Notas sobre Quentin Massys en la peninsula, Archivo español de arte y arqueología, 17, 1944, pp. 308.

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Balis, A (dir.), La pintura flamenca en el Prado, Ibercaja Fonds Mercator, Amberes, 1989, pp. 83.

Colloque pour l ' étude du dessin sous-jacent et de la techn..., The quest for the original. Silva Maroto,P. Le dessin sous-jacent de l´Ecce Homo et de la vieille femme s´arrachant les cheveux de Quentin Metsys, Peeters, 2009, pp. 48-54.

Martínez Plaza, Pedro J., Inventario de la Colección de Gaspar Remisa I Miarons, I Marqués de Remisa, en 1846. Transcripción y edición, En: Gaspar Remisa i Miarons [primer marquès de Remisa], Barcelona, 2021, pp. 7.

Schütt, Friederike., Quentin Massys: Bildstrategien der Affekterzeugung, Michael Imhof Verlag,, 2021, pp. 70-97 f.35.

Other inventories +

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1942-1996. Núm. 2801.

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 1698.
Autor, Massys / 1698. Asunto, Cristo presentado al pueblo. / Tabla, 160 x 120 cm. / nº catalogo 2801 / Legado por don Mariano Lanuza en 1940.

Location +

Room 057A (On Display)

Update date: 27-09-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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