Man of Sorrows (Maarten van Heemskerck)

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Man of Sorrows
Man of Sorrows.jpg
ArtistMaarten van Heemskerck
Mediumoil on panel
Dimensions84.2 cm × 72.5 cm (33.1 in × 28.5 in)
LocationMuseum of Fine Arts, Ghent, Ghent

The Man of Sorrows is a 1532 painting by the Dutch Golden Age painter Maarten van Heemskerck in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent.[1]

The subject depicts Christ after the crucifixion attended by angels, with wounds prominently displayed, wearing the crown of thorns and a loincloth. The loincloth is claimed to be wrapped around an erection, visible to some art historians but not others.[2] Van Heemskerck is not the only Renaissance artist to depict Christ with an erection (ostentatio genitalium), which some scholars interpret as a symbol of his resurrection and continuing power.[3]

Other versions of Christ crowned with thorns by Heemskerck are:


  1. ^ Man van smarten, 1532 (gedateerd) in the RKD
  2. ^ The Holy Penis, accessed December 15, 2007. Archived November 15, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Steinberg, Leo. The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 1997. ISBN 0-226-77187-3.