Gerard de la Vallee – Ecce Homo –

Gerard de la Vallee – Ecce Homo

Ecce homo (“behold the man”, ) are the Latin words used by Pontius Pilate in the Vulgate translation of John 19:5 NA.DR.LV, when he presents a scourged Jesus Christ, bound and crowned with thorns, to a hostile crowd shortly before his Crucifixion. The original Greek is ἰδοὺ ὁ ἄνθρωπος (idou ho anthropos), and the Douay-Rheims Bible translates the phrase into English as “Behold the Man”. The scene has been widely depicted in Christian art.

Gerard de la Vallée (1596/1597 – after 1667) was a Flemish painter of landscapes and history paintings. His work was inspired by the great Flemish masters and mainly produced for the export market.

Gerard de la Vallée’s works are often derived from, or inspired by, the works of the great masters of the Antwerp school. For instance in his Ecce Homo (At Jan de Maere), the figure of the Christ is inspired by Anthony van Dyck’s Ecce Homo in the Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham, England. The mining of images of other masters to create new works for the export market was a hallmark of the Forchondt workshop and is also evident in de la Vallée’s work.