Crowning of Thorns

around 1603, Artist: Michelangelo Merisi, gen. Caravaggio



Crowning of Thorns

After interrogation by Pontius Pilate, Christ is made to wear a crown of thorns by the soldiers. He is thus mocked as King of the Jews. While previously regarded as a Roman or Neapolitan variation of a lost Caravaggio, this picture has now been confirmed as an original by the discovery of certain documents. Other arguments for its authenticity previously put forward included technical idiosyncrasies of the painter, such as the contour lines engraved with the stem of the brush to be found on Christ’s head, and on the shoulders, chest and hands of both henchmen.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Saal VI

Object data

Object Name



Caravaggio and Caravaggesque painting


around 1603


Michelangelo Merisi, gen. Caravaggio (1571 Mailand - 1610 Porto Ercole) - GND




Overall: 127 cm × 166,5 cm
Framed: 156 cm × 196 cm × 12 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 307


Rome, Coll. Marchese Vincenzo Giustiniani (inv. 1638, II, n.3); acquired around 1809 in Rome by Baron Ludwig von Lebzeltern for the Imperial Gallery; arrived in Vienna on 16 April 1816; 1816 in the Gallery

IGS - Dornenkrönung Christi - Caravaggio

OESG - Dornenkrönung - Caravaggio

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