Christ Crowned with Thorns

Christ Crowned with Thorns

Christ Crowned with Thorns
Anthony Van Dyke (1599-1641)
Belgium
About 1620
Ink and brown wash on laid paper
Width 20.7 cm x height 23.3 cm
Museum no. Dyce 525

This is one of several studies that Van Dyke made for this subject of which he made two paintings. The studies enabled him to experiment with the content, structure and mood of the final paintings. Ultimately the subject was treated with greater restraint than in this study. The sketch was thus made as part of his thinking towards the finished composition.