Ecce homo

Above : Anonymous Portuguese painting dating back from 1550 AD. 

Ecce Homo are the Latin words used by Pontius Pilate when he presents a scourged Jesus Christ, bound and crowned with thorns, to a hostile crowd shortly before his Crucifixion

The phrase in English is Behold the Man, or the Latin term homo may be better translated as ‘person’ rather than the gendered ‘man’. What did Pilate mean ? 

Ecce homo, words that implied human but meant God, divinity in human shape-
or did he mean this ludicrous figure of an exhausted man who could not possibly be a Messiah ?
Was the cry "Ecce homo" accompanied by a  contemptuous sneer that reflected Rome's attitude towards physical weakness?

His prisoner might claim to be the King of an invisible kingdom, but with his thorny crown and tattered bloodied mantle what a dismal picture he painted! 

Besides, where were his armies? If they existed, Jesus had told him they were not even prepared to go to war on his behalf.
  It was all in sharp contrast to the might of Rome, with Caesar king of all he surveyed and his conquering armies encamped throughout his extensive domains. 

Aniello Scotto : Ecce Homo 
The scene is widely depicted in Christian art; the image of Jesus in cloak and crown of thorns standing or half standing , unwashed and bloody, piteous and unbearable to look at.

Was Pilate desperately appealing to the mercy of the mob by presenting just a wretched figure of a man in the hope that they would take pity on Jesus and he Pilate could assuage his nagging uncertainties and let him go ?

The tragic Pilate brought to the edge of truth by the Son of God himself, finally rejected it. Caesar's pomp and temporal power,  proved more tangible for him than any unseen eternal kingdom that Jesus might know.  

Ecce Homo Titian

The Fourth Plinth was an empty plinth in Trafalgar Square London which was transformed  into a public art project in 2010. 

Mark Wallinger's sanitised sculpture Ecce Homo : described by some as the testing of a religious icon in a secular time represents Jesus  situated not in the  middle of the pedestal but on the edge, as if He is watching over the crowd. 
His hands are tied behind His back, although not visible .

Son of Man, Behold the Man, Son of God, I AM !

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