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The Flagellation of Christ

ca. 1510, Artist: Moderno (Galeazzo Mondella)



The Flagellation of Christ

The figure of Christ being scourged is based on Laocoön, which was dug up in Rome in 1506, while the two ruffians can be traced back to the tyrannicide figures placed in the courtyard at the Palazzo Madama in Rome in the early sixteenth century. However, it was not just for formal reasons that the artist chose these ancient figures as models for his composition. There were good thematic reasons as well. Pliny the Elder for example described the Laocoön group as an exemplum doloris, as an exemplary presentation of pain. Even the Counter-Reformation, which was generally rather hostile to antiquity, advised artists to use Laocoön as a model in depicting the suffering Christ.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer Wien Raum XXXIII

Object data

Object Name



Upper Italian


ca. 1510


Moderno (Galeazzo Mondella) (1467 Verona - 1528 Verona) - GND


Partially gilded silver


H. 13,8 cm, B. 10,2 cm, T. 1 cm




Wr. Repunze

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer

Inv. No.

Kunstkammer, 1105

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