Empathic depiction of the suffering Christ crowned with thorns: The painting is characterized by the quality of the painting and the motif since the artist rarely painted portraits. The close approach to Christ and his physiognomy and gestures provide the moving impact of the painting.
The painting is discolored and bears craquelure overall and scattered marks. The edges show partially rubbed spots due to the frame. Several convex bumps can be seen mainly upper left as well as upper right and in the lower part. The frame shows usual signs of age and wear and several small losses of color. The corners are slightly open.
Gaspard de Crayer (1584-1669)
The Flemish painter Caspar de Crayer born in Antwerp in 1854 worked in his region as well as in the Netherlands and in Spain. The artist who is famous for his sacral paintings, his oeuvre contains hundreds of altarpieces painted only rarely profane subjects such as the lifesize portrait of Philipp IV. who was as Felipe IV king of Spain in the 17th century. Gaspard de Crayer began his education attending the school of Raphael van Coxcie. He was guided by the works of the masters of the Italian Renaissance as well as by those of his contemporary and compatriot Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640). Later the artist became painter at the court of Philipp IV. De Crayer belonged to the important church painters of his time and created a lot of major works of the Counterreformation. (msc)