Market Scene

Market Scene
c. 1550;
Oil on oak, 59.5 x 122.5 cm;
Alte Pinakothek, MunichThe painting is an Ecce Homo fragment. Similarly to other biblical
paintings of Aertsen, the biblical event takes place at the back,
while the foreground is dominated by a market scene. Somewhere in the
background, the picture - cut off at the top - affords a small glimpse
of the platform where the masses are shouting 'Barabbas' (John
19:4-6). This is optically overlaid by the bow-shaped arrangement of
carts and market stalls - a reversal of emphasis which is typical of
Aertsen.

Market Scene c. 1550; Oil on oak, 59.5 x 122.5 cm; Alte Pinakothek, MunichThe painting is an Ecce Homo fragment. Similarly to other biblical paintings of Aertsen, the biblical event takes place at the back, while the foreground is dominated by a market scene. Somewhere in the background, the picture - cut off at the top - affords a small glimpse of the platform where the masses are shouting 'Barabbas' (John 19:4-6). This is optically overlaid by the bow-shaped arrangement of carts and market stalls - a reversal of emphasis which is typical of Aertsen.