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Panel - Flagellation


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1550 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stained glass

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

‘The Flagellation of Christ' was a popular subject in religious art. It was intended to remind the viewer of the suffering that Christ underwent for the redemption of mankind. All four Gospels mention that Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea, ordered his soldiers to flog Jesus before his crucifixion. Here Christ is shown as an isolated and vulnerable figure bound to a column. The column is not mentioned in the Gospels but became an established part of the scene from the Renaissance onwards.

In the middle of the period 1500-1600, when this panel was made, new techniques for producing decorated glass were introduced. Glassmakers used paints known as 'enamels' to paint directly onto the glass, similar to painting onto a canvas. The colours were produced by adding metallic oxides to a glass frit mixture and the resulting colour range included the delicate pinks, reds and purples shown here.

Physical description

Stained glass panel, in dark brown, red, silver-yellow, blue and green enamel, and needle point, depicting The Flagellation.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


ca. 1550 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Stained glass


Height: 37.8 cm sight, Width: 27.0 cm sight, Weight: 7.9 kg in wooden frame with 539-1907 and 540-1907, Height: 64.7 cm wood frame (with 539 & 540-1907), Width: 93.5 cm wood frame (with 539 & 540-1907)

Descriptive line

Stained Glass panel depicting The Flagellation, German, ca.1550

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Foister, Susan, Art of Light: German Renaissance Stained Glass(London: National Gallery Company, 2007), 32 p., ill., ISBN 978 185709 348 3. p.15.

Production Note

Based on one of the series of woodcuts of the Passion by Albrecht Durer.

Subjects depicted

Christianity; Men; Soldiers; Suffering


Glass; Stained Glass; Religion; Christianity


Ceramics Collection

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