Ecce Homo with self-portrait of the painter, Tuscan school, XVII-XVIII century, oil on canvas, 70×60 cm
Ecce Homo is the expression that literally means Here Man, is the phrase that according to Volgata Pontius Pilate, then Roman governor of Judea, addressed the Jews showing them Christ scourged.According to the Gospels, Jesus, at the time of his arrest, was considered innocent by the Governor. This, to calm the Jews who wanted to see Jesus executed equally, finally made him scourge, thinking in this way to satisfy the thirst for public blood.
After Pilgrimage Pilate showed to the Jews the Christ covered with bleeding sores and wounds, with a crown of thorns on his head, a purple robe on his shoulders, and a scepter of cane in his hands and pronounced the phrase “Ecce Homo” as if to say “Look at the Man, do you see I punished him?” However, this was not judged sufficient, and the high priests pressured to crucify the prisoner.
This phrase also extends the Passion of Jesus as a reference to a malicious person, emaciated, disfigured by the pain (which is said to be “looks like an Ecce Homo / is reduced as a Ecce Homo”).