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Crowning with Thorns

Valentin de Boulogne French

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Valentin returns to a theme he had treated early in his career, but without the raw naturalism that characterized that work. There is a classical beauty as well as dignity about the resigned figure of Christ. His tormentors, though brutal, have gained in psychological complexity. X-rays reveal that the picture is painted over an abandoned portrait of the papal nephew, Cardinal Francesco Barberini: Valentin was therefore clearly in the cardinal’s employ.

Crowning with Thorns, Valentin de Boulogne (French, Coulommiers-en-Brie 1591–1632 Rome), Oil on canvas

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