Leaves from Jacques Le Lieur, Poème sur la Passion

Ecce homo (‘Behold the man’)

Texts and Images

Standing at the top of a staircase, Pontius Pilate presents a scourged Christ, the 'King of the Jews', to a hostile crowd of men who gesture in response. A mantle, mimicking a royal cape, is draped over Christ’s shoulders and he clutches a palm branch instead of a sceptre. His hands are bound, but he does not wear the crown of thorns that is often included in depictions of the subject. The miniature is set within an architectural frame with trees and foliage forming an arch over the scene.